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BETHANY’S BODO RECEIVES SECOND PAC HONOR

April 7 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Female Runner of the Week Monday, her second award of the young season.

Bodo continued her impressive season by winning two events while setting school records in each during the Washington & Jefferson Invitational Saturday. She cruised to first place in the 200 with a time of 26.56 seconds, nearly four-tenths of a second ahead of the runner-up. It was also .24 faster than Bodo’s previous school record time, set in 2008.

Then in the last event of the day, Bodo helped the 4x400 relay team take first place. Teaming with freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and sophomores Kelly and Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), they broke the tape with a winning time of 4:07.25. In addition to clipping nearly four and a half seconds off the school record, which was previously set in 1997, the relay also qualified for the ECAC Outdoor Championships (May 14-15 at Springfield College in Mass.).

By the end of the day, Bodo had scored points in four different events. In addition to the two first place finishes, she placed second in the 400 with a time of 59.49 and ran with Black and seniors Emily Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) to take fifth place in the 4x100 relay (52.32).

Just three meets into the outdoor season, Bodo has already picked up two conference Runner of the Week awards, broken the two school records, giving her five in her career, and qualified for ECAC Championships in two events (4x400 relay and 400).

“Saturday was an impressive performance by Jodi, especially with the wind and weather conditions,” said Bison head coach Andy Upton. “Jodi is extremely competitive and when she finished a close second in the 400, she was really driven to win her next two races. She is doing so well because of what she does in practice every day. Her work ethic and success has become contagious and made practices more competitive, which has risen the bar for everyone, including her.”

A communication major, Jodi is the son of David Bodo of Steubenville, Ohio.