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BETHANY’S BODO AND HENSH RECEIVE PAC TRACK & FIELD HONORS
April 12 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College senior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) and freshman Nathanial Hensh (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) have been honored as the PAC Women’s Track and Men’s Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for April 12.
This is the first PAC honor this season for Bodo, but the third of her outstanding career. She received it after winning two events and placing in the top four in two others at Saturday’s Marietta Invitational. Her first places finishes came in the 800, where she finished in 2:20.32 to come in more than eight and a half seconds in front of the runner-up, and the 4x400 relay. Teaming with sophomore Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), freshman Emily Andrews (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit) and senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), they finished in 4:10.96 to win the race by nearly 12 seconds.
In addition, Bodo also ran on the 4x100 relay with Black, senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) and junior Kelli McAbier (Gnadenhutten, Ohio/Indian Valley) to take third with a time of 51.99. Bodo finished her busy day by claiming fourth place in the long jump with a measurement of 15-4.
Saturday just continued an already very good senior season for Bodo. It’s her second outright win in the 800 this season, as she also took first at the California (Pa.) University Invitational March 20. Just last weekend, Bodo broke her own school record, one of six BC marks she has established, in the 200 at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational with a time of 25.89 seconds.
A communication major, Jodi is the daughter of David Bodo of Steubenville, Ohio.
This is Hensh’s initial PAC accolade of his career and comes after he took first place in the pole vault at the Marietta meet Saturday. He cleared 13 feet, 10 inches to win the competition by nearly a foot over the second place finisher.
Hensh’s finish at Marietta was actually his second best effort of the year so far. In the California meet March 20, he cleared 14-0 to equal one of the longest standing Bethany records, as Dave Douglas first set the Bison pole vault record by going over 14-0 back in 1985.
A fine arts major, Nathanial is the son of Paul Hensh and Cynthia Kowalsky of Uniontown, Pa.