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BETHANY SPRINTERS HAVE BIG DAY AT WESTMINSTER INVITATIONAL

April 14 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College track and field teams posted 15 top six placements during Saturday’s Westminster Invitational, with 10 of those being turned in by the sprinters, which helped the Bison men finish sixth out of 13 teams the women take eighth out of 12 teams.

The lone first place was pulled in by sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). After winning the 400 each of the last two weeks, he broke the tape first in the 800 on Saturday with a time of 1:55.47. James also ran on the 4x400 relay team with freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and the foursome finished second in 3:25.68.

The 4x100 relay of Balde, Tolliver, junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) qualified for ECAC Championships by taking third place Saturday with a time of 43.66. Thompson had two other top six placements, earning fifth in the 100 (11.54) and sixth in the 200 (23.79). Rounding out the top efforts on the track was freshman Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio), who was fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.38.

In the field events, senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) scored fifth place in the high jump (1.78 meters) and junior Michael Newman (Tampa, Fla./T.R. Robinson) was sixth in the discus (39.34).

The women’s team was paced by senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes). Black placed second in the 400 by crossing in 1:00.19 and took fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.63. Prato was right behind Black in the 200 in fifth place (27.79) and she also clocked in at 13.27 seconds to finish third in the 100.

In addition, the duo teamed with freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschooled) and sophomore Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) in the 4x100 relay to take fourth place. For the third straight week, the relay posted a season-best time of 51.53 seconds.

Bethany’s top performances in the field events were by senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan). In the long jump, she tied for fourth (4.61 meters) and also placed fifth in the high jump by clearing 1.53 meters.

The Bison will be back in action Wednesday when they host the PAC South Quad Meet at Bison Stadium. Field events will begin at 2 p.m. and the running events are set to begin at 4 p.m.