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Jan. 24 - MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –The Bethany men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams had a limited number of competitors open the season Saturday by running at the West Virginia University State Farm Games, which featured competitors from Division I WVU and Pittsburgh, as well as numerous Division II and III programs.

The top finish turned in by a Bison was junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) taking third out of 15 in the 400. Her time of 1:01.81 was bettered only by Jordann Mitchell (58.91) and Brittany Hohn (1:00.46), both from WVU. Bodo also ran in the 200, finishing third in her heat and 14th out of 29 overall with a time of 28.10.

The men had two competitors at the meet and senior Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) provided the highlight. He placed fifth out of 25 runners in the 200 by crossing in a time of 23.94, putting him behind only one runner from Pitt and three Division II sprinters. McNeil also nearly qualified for the finals in the 60, as he placed eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 7.33 but the top six times moved onto the finals.

Sophomore Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./Msgr. McClancy) also ran in the 60 (7.44), finishing third in his heat, which featured two of the six finalists.

Two other BC women competed on Saturday. Junior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort) placed 12th overall in the mile with a time of 5:50.52. Freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) ran in the 60 (8.94) and the 200, where she earned fourth in her heat (29.47).

Bethany’s track teams will return to action Feb. 6 with a meet at Marietta.