Sept. 5 – EDINBORO, Pa. – The Bethany College cross country programs competed at the Doug Watts Distance Gala hosted by Edinboro University on Saturday afternoon. The men finished fifth on the day, while the women tallied a sixth-place finish.
The Bison men earned a fifth-place finish out of nine teams, posting a total score of 140 on the day. The Green & White finished only behind the NCAA Division II schools in attendance, defeating sixth-place Buffalo State by a total of 53 points.
Freshman Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) turned in his best performance to date, finishing with a 26:48.7 which was good for 17th place. With the time, Castro was the first Division III performer to cross the finish line in the meet.
The second DIII athlete across the line was teammate Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) as he finished 29th with a total time of 27:34.6. Other top performers for the Bison included George Hypolite (St. John's, Antigua/Antigua Grammar School), Marshall Murray (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) and Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), who all rounded out the top five. Hypolite posted a 29:05.2 while Murray and Davis finished 29:05.2 and 29:32.9, respectively.
The overall team winner on the men’s side was IUP, who finished with 30 total points. Edinboro’s Elliott Martynkiewitz grabbed the individual title, finishing the course with a time of 25:10.2
On the women’s side, the Bison tallied a sixth-place mark out of nine teams, finishing with 163 points, 29 points ahead of fellow Presidents’ Athletic Conference member, Thiel College. Junior Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua ) was the first Bison across the line, as she finished 30th with a time of 20:48.2.
Seniors Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville) and Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) were the next Bison to cross the line as they finished in 39th and 40th, respectively. Martz tallied a 21:36.4, while Bosworth finished with a time of 21:46.4. The top five was then rounded out by Ashley Worst (Apollo, Pa./Apollo-Ridge ) (22:17.7) and Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) (23:31.6).
The team victory on the women’s side went to host Edinboro as they finished with 35 total points. The Fighting Scots post four top-five finishers, including individual champion Ida Narbuvoll, who finished the race with a time of 17:14.7.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, September 12 as they return home to host the Bethany College Invitational. The meet in Bethany is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.