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BETHANY TRACK TEAMS COMPETE AT ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 15 - SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Bethany men’s and women’s track and field teams sent a combined 10 competitors to the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday and Friday at Springfield (Mass.) College, marking the third consecutive year the Bison have had 10 or more qualifiers for the meet.
Bethany’s women scored six points to tie for 36th place overall, while the BC men did not score in the meet.
Junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) recorded the top finish on the day for the Bison. She placed fifth overall in the 400 with a time of 57.92. It bettered Bodo’s placement from a season ago by one spot and matches the top finish turned in by a Bison female runner at ECAC Championships in school history, as Bodo also placed fifth in the 800 at the 2007 meet.
The only higher position recorded by a Bethany competitor at ECACs was by Lauren Spegal in the 2007 when she took fourth overall in the shot put.
Bodo also had a hand in another point by the Bison, as she ran on the 4x400 relay. The foursome of sophomores Kelly and Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), Bodo and freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) earned eighth place overall by crossing in a time of 4:00.92, which was just .09 away from the same group’s school record.
The Bison’s final point came in the triple jump. Freshman Connie Woods (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams), who provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in the event at the Allegheny Invitational May 8, took home eighth place on Friday with a measurement of 37-3.25.
The bad news for Woods is that she did not improve her previous best of 37-8, which was the 27th best mark in the country coming into Friday. The good news is that all four jumpers who finished with a better measurement at ECACs were already ahead of Woods in the national rankings, so she did not lose drop any further down the list. Woods will find out officially Monday whether she has earned an invitation to the national championship meet, which is May 21-23 at Marietta (Ohio) College.
In other results, Bodo had a busy day, which started when the 4x100 relay team of Bodo, Black, senior Emily Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) placed 16th with a time of 50.65. Bodo also ran in the 200 and finished 13th with a time of 26.30.
Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) rounded out the Bison female competitors by taking 32nd overall in the discus (104-4).
For the men, sophomore Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) competed at ECACs for the second consecutive year in the high jump, where he tied for 21st place overall (6-0.75)
The first Bison to compete during the week was junior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), who ran Thursday in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles. She placed fifth in her heat, which featured the eventual champion in Frostburg State’s Sumer Rohrs, and 19th overall in a time of 16.81.