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April 4 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Bethany junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) had a hand in two first place finishes recorded Saturday by the Bethany track and field teams at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.

Paced by the victorious efforts, the Bison women finished fifth out of 13 teams, and third among Division III programs, with 79.5 points. The BC men scored 11 points overall.

The top performance of the day came in the last event on the track in the 4x400 relay. Bodo teamed with freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and sophomores Stacy and Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), as the relay took first place in the event with a time of 4:07.25. In addition to winning the race, their time shattered the school record by more than four and a half seconds and also qualified the foursome for ECAC Outdoor Championships May 14-15 at Springfield (Mass.) College.

Bodo’s other school record came in the 200. The BC junior took first place by breaking the tape in 26.56 seconds, which clipped .24 seconds off her own record in the event set last spring. In the 400, another race Bodo will compete in at ECAC Championships, she finished second on Saturday with a time of 59.49 seconds.

A third school record was actually equaled in the field events. Freshman Connie Woods (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) matched her effort from last week in the triple jump with a measurement of 35-1.75 inches (10.71 meters) to tie for third place on Saturday.

Other top efforts turned in on the track included seniors Emily Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) taking seventh (13.74) and eighth (13.92), respectively, in the 100; Woods placing seventh in the 200 (27.66); Stacy Goode (2:24.38) and Kelly Goode (2:25.71) earning third and fifth, respectively, in the 800; junior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort) taking sixth in the 5,000 (20:14.31); junior Alissa Moss (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) crossing third in the 3,000 Steeplechase (13:48.73) and the 4x100 relay team of Bodo, Bota, Black and Katsur finishing fifth (52.32).

In the field events, Bota (16-1) and Woods (15-9.5) grabbed fourth and sixth places, respectively, in the long jump; freshman Cassondra Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) was fourth in the high jump (4-9.75) and sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) claimed sixth in the shot put (34-2) and seventh in the discus (108-10).

For the men, sophomore Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) notched the best placement by finishing third in the high jump at 6-2, just three-quarters of an inch under ECAC qualifications. On the track, the 4x100 relay team of Wilson, sophomore Brandon Applegate (Colorado Springs, Col./Mitchell), freshman Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Josh Ringer (Prosperity, Pa./McGuffey) took sixth place in 45.63 seconds.

Bethany returns to action next Saturday when they compete at the Slippery Rock Invitational.