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BETHANY MEN FINISH 2ND AT PAC INDOOR CHALLENGE

Feb. 11 - MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed Friday at the PAC Indoor Challenge/West Virginia University Shell Invitational and the Bison men had a strong showing, taking second out of seven teams.

Bethany’s men scored 99 points to finish behind only Waynesburg with 119. On the women’s side, the Bison collected 31 points to finish sixth out of seven teams.

Sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) accounted for three first place finishes in the meet for BC, including two individuals and one relay. He crossed first in the 500-meter run with an ECAC Indoor Championships qualifying time of 1:05.94 and won the 800 by finishing in 2:01.98.

James was also the second leg on Bethany’s victorious 4x400 relay, which included sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio). The foursome posted a time of 3:34.01 to beat out runner-up Waynesburg by more than five seconds.

The meet was highlighted by dominating Bethany performances in the sprints. In the 60, junior Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson) took first place with a finals time of 7.17 seconds, just .01 ahead of the 7.18 seconds run by freshman teammate Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County). In the 200, Thompson would earn first by breaking the tape in 23.59 seconds.

In addition to James winning the 500, Douglas claimed second place in the event with a time of 1:11.51, while the other two members of the winning 4x400 relay also scored in the 400 open. Balde posted a time of 54.30 to take third place and Tolliver was fourth in 54.43. Rounding out the top performers on the track was junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Musselman), who had a time of 9.84 in the 60-meter Hurdle preliminaries and would take third overall in the event.

Topping the field event finishes was senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue), who was third in the high jump.

The BC women were led by freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Home School) and senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity). In the mile, Mongelluzzo was third overall, but the top Division III runner with a time of 5:31.66 and she also placed third in the 800 (2:40.99). Butler would score in a pair of sprints, taking fourth place overall in the 60 (8.40) and 200 (27.69).

Those two, along with sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and freshman Jess Olson (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon), also earned third place in the 4x400 relay (4:37.19).

In the field events, senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) tied for fourth in the high jump.

Bethany’s indoor season will continue Friday the 17th with a trip to the Marietta (Ohio) College Invitational.