Nov. 1 - WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Bethany sophomore Suzanne Stettinius (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and junior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort) earned Second Team All-PAC honors to highlight the Bison cross country teams’ efforts at the 2008 PAC Championships, which were hosted Saturday by Thomas More at the Voice of America Park near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bolstered by Stettinius’ and McCort’s finishes, the Bison women finished in fifth place out of eight teams with 125 points, well ahead of Thiel, Thomas More and Chatham. Grove City’s women took home first place, led by overall winner Kristen Carter.
Plagued by injuries, the Bethany men only had three individuals compete and did not score as a team. Grove City, which featured Saturday’s winner and PAC MVP Garrett Cichowitz, also captured the men’s title.
Stettinius was the first Bison to cross, as she came in with a pack of four runners that were separated by just five seconds. Her time of 23:44 was good for 11th place overall and Second Team All-PAC accolades, which were rewarded to runners who placed 8-14 at the race. First Team distinction was given to those who finished 1-7.
Not far behind Stettinius was her teammate McCort, who posted a time of 24:16 to collect Second Team All-Conference honors as well. It was her first PAC laurel, which came after she just missed earning all-league recognition as a freshman in 2006 when she finished 15th overall. McCort missed all of cross country season last year because of injury.
In addition, Stettinius and McCort became the first Bison runners to bring home All-PAC hardware since Mallory Roadman placed eighth in 2005 for Second Team honors.
Others who ran for Bethany on Saturday included junior Alissa Moss (Meadow Lands, Pa./Chartiers-Houston), who finished 32nd overall, junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central), who placed 40th, sophomore Lindsay Brewer (Wadsworth, Ohio), who was 56th, and junior Katy Reuning (Butler, Pa./Mars), who was 66th.
Running for the Bethany men were senior Matt Schlemmer (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak), who was the top finisher by taking 57th. Also competing was junior Patrick Miller (Canonsburg, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) and freshman Richard Strassguetl (Munich, Germany/Rupprecht Gymnasium).
Bethany will complete the 2008 season in two weeks when they run at the NCAA Mid-East Regional on Nov. 15. The Bison will not have a long trip to compete at Regionals, which will be held at PAC rival Waynesburg.