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BETHANY OPENS PAC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY

April 27 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The opening day of the 2012 PAC Track & Field Championships for the Bethany College track and field programs saw one women’s school record broken and two men’s field competitors score in their respective events.

After the first day with four events scored, the Bison men are in fifth place with 12 points, while the BC women did not score in the initial four events of the championships.

The top placement for the men came in the javelin, where sophomore Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) nearly repeated as PAC champion. He finished second overall in the event with a best throw of 177 feet, nine inches. Also scoring was sophomore Nick Sainvilier (Washington, D.C./The Heights School). He took fifth place in the event with a measurement of 41 feet, 4.5 inches.

The track events were limited Friday to the 100 and 110 hurdle preliminaries and the 10,000 finals. Bethany had two advance out of the hurdle prelims, as junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Musselman) ran the third fastest time and freshman Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) posted the eighth-fastest mark. In the 100, junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) clocked in with a time of 11.25 seconds to move into the finals Saturday afternoon.

The top news on the women’s side Friday also came from the 100 prelims. Sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), who broke the school record in the event in her last meet, the PAC South Quad on April 18th, reset the mark again. She came across the finish line in 12.77 seconds to shave .03 off her previous record and advance into the finals Saturday.