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BC’S WOODS QUALIFIES FOR NCAAS, THREE OTHER RECORDS FALL FRIDAY
May 8 - MEADVILLE, Pa. – Bethany freshman Connie Woods (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships and three other women’s school records were broken during a busy day for the Bethany track and field teams at the unscored Allegheny Invitational Friday.
Woods finished in second place in the triple jump during the meet with a measurement of 11.48 meters (37-8). In addition to crushing her own school record of 36-1.25, she also surpassed the provisional NCAA qualifying standard of 11.30 meters.
By provisionally qualifying, if there aren’t enough competitors who qualify automatically (12.00 meters), Woods may have a chance to compete at the 2009 NCAA Championships at Marietta (Ohio) College. With her effort Friday, Woods ranks 26th in the nation this year.
In addition to Woods’ spectacular effort, junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) turned in another remarkable day by setting two individual school records and having a hand in a third. Her first Bethany standard was set in the 100, as she tied for first in her heat with a time of 12.92 seconds to surpass the previous mark of 13.03 set by Rachael Katsur in 2007. Bodo did not run in the finals of the 100.
Her next event was the 400 and the BC junior set another record by crossing in 57.52 seconds. In addition to shaving .62 seconds off her own record, Bodo narrowly missed provisionally qualifying for NCAA Championships by just .02 seconds.
In her final event of the day, she anchored the 4x400 relay to a fourth place finish in an exciting race from start to finish. The foursome of sophomores Stacy and Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and Bodo finished in 4:00.83, which was a little less than two-tenths of a second behind Ursuline for third place and only .19 ahead of Oberlin. The time also clipped nearly two full seconds off the Bethany record, which they have reset three times this season.
The final highlight of the day was in the women’s 100 hurdles. Junior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) became Bethany’s ninth women’s competitor and 10th person overall to qualify for ECAC Championships. Although she just missed advancing to the finals in the event by a half second, her time of 16.31 was just good enough to squeeze past the ECAC qualifying mark (16.34) and send her to the meet next week at Springfield (Mass.) College.
The 2009 ECAC Championships begin Thursday (May 14) and conclude on Friday (May 15). It marks the sixth consecutive year Bethany has sent competitors to the meet and the third straight year the Bison have qualified at least 10 for the championships. The meet also marks the final chance for competitors to try to qualify or improve their chances for NCAA Championships.