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Castro and Donnelly Highlight Bison Cross Country at PAC Championships

Oct. 31 – LATROBE, Pa. – The Bethany College cross-country programs competed in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday morning. Freshman Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) and junior Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) each ran to Second-Team All-Conference honors.

The men’s team finished seventh overall in the PAC Championships, totaling 183 points on the day. The St. Vincent men’s team raced to a first-place finish with four top-ten competitors and 40 total points.

Castro led the Bison with a ninth-place finish (27:54) while Donnelly finished close behind in 12th place (28:05). Castro's ninth-place finish was the highest by any Bison since Kenneth Hopper in 2003. This also marked the first time since 2001 that Bethany has had two top-12 runners in the PAC Championships (Matthew Donahue- 7th, Nicholas Jordan- 11th). 

Freshman Alexander Michalenko (Moon Township, Pa./OLSH) turned in a solid effort with a time of 30:22, good for 48th overall. Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch), and Marshall Murray (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) all placed in the top-60 as well.

The Bison women’s team ran to an eighth-place finish with 190 points. Grove City took home first place with 20 points, including having four runners in the top five.

Bethany was led by junior Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) and senior Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W. Va./Hedgesville). Ross crossed the finish line in 26:14, earning 24th place. Martz finished close behind in 26:29 for 28th place, overall.

Sophomore Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) and senior Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) ran to 41st and 42nd place, respectively. Timas posted a time of 27:42, while Bosworth crossed the finish line in 27:47.

The Bison cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, November 7 as they compete in the NCAA Regional Championships.