Oct. 16 - OBERLIN, Ohio – In their final tune-up for the Oct. 30 PAC Championships, the Bethany College men’s and women’s cross country teams were tested by running at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble Saturday, which featured many of Division III’s top cross country programs.
The men’s team, which was competing against seven of the top 35 programs in the country, finished in 31st place as a team, but every Bison runner either set a new personal best time or ran right at their previous best. The women’s team competed only as individuals, but again, each BC competitor set a new PR.
The top runner for either side was senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity), who crossed the finish line with a time of 24:00.0, which was good for 81st place overall out of 219 runners.
Others taking to the course for Bethany Saturday included senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), who clocked in at 26:31.4; junior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), who finished in 29:08.9; and sophomore Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio), who came in with a time of 29:30.4.
The men’s team was paced by freshman Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.), who was 142nd out of 284 runners with a time of 27:23.3. The next two runners for the Green and White were junior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) with a time of 30:03.6 and freshman Ryan Hajny (Piney Fork, Ohio/Buckeye Local), who finished in 30:57.1.
Bethany’s final two runners were freshman Brandon Miller (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and sophomore Josh Wentz (Philippi, W.Va./Philip Barbour).
Next up for the Bison is the 2010 PAC Championships, which will be hosted by Waynesburg on Oct. 30. The women’s team is coming off a fourth place showing last year, while the men will be competing as a team at the conference championships for the first time since 2007.