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BETHANY ENJOYS BANNER DAY AT PAC QUAD MEET
April 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. –Both the Bethany College men’s and women track and field teams won five events each to highlight Wednesday’s PAC South Quad Meet at Bison Stadium.
The Bison men finished second out of the four teams at the meet by totaling 153 points to finish behind only Washington & Jefferson (170). Bethany’s women had 90 points to take third behind W&J (110) and Waynesburg (125).
Although BC’s women were third, they had a remarkable day with two school records being broken and three individuals and one relay qualifying for ECAC Championships. The school records were rewritten in one sprint and one distance event. Sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) cruised to first place in the 100 by coming in with a time of 12.80 seconds, which earned her a trip to ECACs and broke the previous Bison record of 12.92 by Jodi Bodo from 2009.
In the last individual event of the day, senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) took second in the 5,000, but set a new school record and qualified for ECACs by posting a time of 18:33.86. That broke the previous record set by Mallory Roadman in 2006 with a time of 19:25.29.
Also qualifying for the ECAC meet in May was senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), who dominated the 400 to record a personal-best time of 58.74 seconds. Black and Prato also earned an ECAC bid in the 4x100 relay, as they ran with freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Home school) and sophomore Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) to clock in a winning time of 50.63 seconds.
The lone Bison to pick up two first places in multiple individual events was senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan). She won the long jump by a half-inch with an effort of 15-5.5 and then took first in the triple jump (33-8.75).
For the men, Bethany scored first in a trio of field events. Senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) started the day by winning the high jump after clearing 6-0. In the javelin, sophomore Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) took first in the javelin by nearly 20 feet with a throw of 162-4. And finally, sophomore Nick Sainvilier (Washington, D.C./The Heights School) had a measurement of 41-1.5 in the triple jump to win the event.
On the track, the Bison picked up two more firsts. Freshman Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) was the first to the tape in the 100 with a time of 11.20 seconds. Sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) ran his streak of meets with a win to four by taking first in the 800 in 1:54.14.
Bethany is hoping the success from Wednesday will give it momentum for its next meet. The Bison are now off this weekend and will be back in action April 27-28 at the PAC Championships, which will be held at Geneva.