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BETHANY TRACK TEAMS IMPRESSIVE AGAIN AT MOUNT UNION INVITATIONAL
April 9 - ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Bethany College track and field teams continued to compile impressive performances, as both teams competed at the unscored John Homon Open at Mount Union University Saturday.
The top effort came from the Bison men, as they won one event, set one school record and came within less than a second of another mark. The first place came in the javelin, where freshman Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) won the competition with a best measurement of 167 feet, 10 inches.
Two near misses were recorded by freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). He finished the 800 with a time of 1:56.37, which was good for second place overall in a tightly contested race with Rayshawn Walker from Notre Dame (Ohio), who just nosed out James by .61 seconds. As close as James was to winning Saturday, he was even closer to the Bethany school record in the event, as his time Saturday was just .09 away from the mark shared by Alex Kon and Martin Maag at 1:56.29.
One school record did go down Saturday. Freshman Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) took fifth place in the 3,000 Steeplechase and his time of 10:14.32 surpassed his own mark established two weeks ago by more than 13 seconds.
Enjoying a big day overall was freshman Greg Williams (Washington, D.C./Shippensburg). He was fourth in the long jump with a best measurement of 21-5.5, seventh in the 100 by crossing in 11.45 and ran on the 4x100 relay with freshman Aarick Jones (Wadsworth, Ohio), freshman Kendon Noel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Prospect Hts.) and sophomore Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) that placed fifth in a time of 44.98.
Rounding out the top efforts from the Bison were sophomore Michael Newman (Tampa, Fla./T.R. Robinson) earning fifth in the discus (134-10) and the 4x400 relay team of Jones, sophomore Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.), freshman Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and James placing sixth with a time of 3:31.28.
The story for the women’s team continues to be senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area). She placed in four events she competed in Saturday, highlighted by a third place showing in the 400 hurdles (1:08.04).
In addition, she was fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.74. Finley also ran on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays with freshmen Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) and Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and junior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley). The 1,600 relay team finished fourth with a time of 4:13.96 and the 400 relay was fifth by crossing in 52.36.
Bethany will try to add to its strong season so far next Saturday by competing at the Westminster Invitational.