TWO BISON EARN ALL-PAC HONORS AT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oct. 29 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Bethany College senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) earned First Team All-PAC honors for the women and sophomore Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) raced to Second Team laurels on the men’s side to highlight the Bison’s day at the 2011 PAC Cross Country Championships Saturday at Westminster College.
Led by their top runners, the BC women claimed sixth place out of 10 teams, while the Bethany men were eighth out of nine schools. The overall women’s champion was Grove City, who bettered Waynesburg by 45 points, and Saint Vincent captured the men’s crown by outdistancing Thiel by 35 points.
Mongelluzzo picked up her second consecutive All-PAC honor after claiming Second Team distinction last fall. She stayed with the main pack in the front for the entire race and after slipping to fifth at one time, she used a strong finishing kick to vault into third place at the finish line with a time of 24:08.30, nipping Ella Smith of Grove City by just over three and a half seconds.
The third place finish is the highest by a Bethany women’s runner since 2003 when Mallory Roadman finished in second place overall. Roadman was also the last Bison to race to First Team All-PAC distinction.
One other Green and White runner also grabbed all-conference recognition. Freshman Jessica Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon Area) finished 18th overall with a time of 25:36.30 for Honorable Mention All-PAC honors. It’s the second time in the last three years BC put two on the all-conference teams, as Maggie McCort and Erin Reske were Second Team finishers in 2009.
Rounding out the Bethany runners in the field of 92 competitors was freshman Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who was 30th (26:26.20), sophomore Heather Hamm (Fairfax, Vt./BFA Fairfax), who placed 50th (27:44.10) and senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), who placed 56th (28:16.40).
For the men, Yarrington also collected his second straight All-PAC award after a Second Team performance last year. This season, he crossed the finish line in 28:18.50 to take 14th place overall out of 100 runners. Yarrington is the first Bethany men’s runner to earn consecutive all-conference awards since Ken Hopper in 2002 (First Team) and 2003 (Second Team).
The next Bison runner to come across was freshman Bobby Striker (Hinton, W.Va./Oak Hill), who was 36th overall (29:28.20) and senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) took 53rd place (30:18.80). Rounding out the runners for Bethany, who scored as a team for the first time this season, was sophomore Jacob Arbaugh (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) and senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue), who just recently joined the program.
Bethany’s teams are off next weekend and will be back on the course for the final time this fall Nov. 12 at the NCAA Mid-East Regional, which will be hosted by DeSales University in Allentown, Pa.