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BETHANY TRACK TEAMS POST STRONG PERFORMANCES AT W&J

April 3 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College track and field teams took advantage of Saturday’s warm, dry weather with outstanding efforts across the board during Saturday’s Washington & Jefferson Invitational.

The BC women scored 72 points to place fifth out of 14 teams, while the Bison men totaled 57 points to rank seventh out of 14 programs.

The men’s team was led by senior Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.), who grabbed three top four finishes. The highlight came in the 200, which he won with a time of 22.35 as he pulled away from Slippery Rock’s James Sims just before the tape for the win. McNeil also anchored the 4x100 relay team to a first place finish, as the team of junior Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./Msg. McClancy), freshman Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./ Thomas Jefferson), freshman Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) and McNeil clocked in a time of 43.64 for the victory.

In addition, McNeil qualified for the 100 finals with the sixth fastest time, then jumped two spots to place fourth with a finals time of 11.05.

The other top performances were recorded by the women, as Bethany won two events and one school record was broken. First place finishes were earned by freshman Erin Reske (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) in the 10,000 with a time of 42:48.64 and senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) in the pole vault by clearing 10-2, less than an inch off her school record.

The record that did fall came in the 200, as senior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) placed second with a time of 25.89, which bettered her own Bethany standard by .21 seconds. It was just part of a big day for Bodo, as she also finished second in the 400 with a time of 58.52, and anchored the 4x400 relay team of Finley, sophomore Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and freshman Emily Andrews (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit) to a second place finish with a time of 4:12.41.

Other Bison who earned top eight showings or better on the track included senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) in the 100 (fifth in 13.54); Black in the 400 (sixth in 1:01.59); senior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort) in the 5,000 (fourth in 20:50.14); and Finley (fourth in 16.78) and junior Kelli McAnier (Gnadenhutten, Ohio/Indian Valley) (sixth in 17.55) in the 100 hurdles.

Finley’s win in the pole vault was just one highlight for a busy day in the field events. Sophomore Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) was fourth in the high jump (4-9), while junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) placed seventh in the discus (105-1) and McAbier finished eighth in the long jump (15-2).

Bethany’s men tallied a good deal of their points in the field, led by junior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) with a fifth place in the high jump (5-10.75), Farray with a sixth place showing in the long jump (20-10) and Holmes, who was sixth in the triple jump (38-2.75). In the throws, freshman Michael Newman (Tampa, Fla./T.R. Robinson) was sixth in the discus (133-6) and senior James Malone (Wellsville, Ohio) earned seventh in the javelin (145-8).

Outside of McNeil, BC’s sprinters were solid throughout the afternoon. Johnson reached the 100 finals and finished eighth (11.60), while freshman Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) took eighth in the 200 (22.96). A pair of Bison placed in the 400 led by freshman Matt Schrumpf (McMechen, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) in fifth (52.91) and freshman Willis Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) in eighth (53.05).

Both Powell and Schrumpf, along with McNeil and Pinchom teamed up to close out the meet by finishing third in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:32.32.

Bethany’s teams will look to build off these performance next Saturday when they compete at the Marietta Invitational.