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Sept. 4 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College men’s and women’s cross country teams began their 2010 seasons Saturday at Westminster’s Fisher Invitational and the day was highlighted by one runner on each team earning a spot in the top 15.

For the Bethany men, freshman Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) finished the 8K course in a time of 27:23.8 to finish 11th overall out of 103 runners. He was also third among PAC runners at the meet, tailing just the top two from Grove City. Despite the fine effort from Yarrington in his first collegiate meet, Bethany’s men finished eighth overall out of nine teams at the Invitational.

Another solid performance was turned in by freshman Hunter Ankrom (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall), as he crossed the finish line in 29:26.4 to claim 49th place. Also running on Saturday for the Bison was junior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), sophomore Josh Wentz (Philipi, W.Va./Philip Barbour) and freshman John Hajney (Piney Fork, Ohio/Buckeye Local).

The Bison women did not have enough to score as a team, but also boasted a top runner as senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) was 14th overall out of 118 competitors. She completed the 6K course with a time of 24:58.3. Even more impressive is this was her first cross country meet as well after spending the last two fall seasons on the women’s soccer team.

The rest of the Bethany runners competing Saturday included senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), who placed 54th, sophomore Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio), who finished 79th, and junior Kaitlyn Black (Carnegie, Pa./Chartiers Valley), who was 84th.

Both BC teams will be back in the trails next Saturday when they run at the Waynesburg Invitational.