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BETHANY’S JAMES EARNS PAC RUNNER OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION

April 11 - WEXFORD, Pa. – After winning one event and placing in two others on Saturday, Bethany College sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Track Runner of the Week for April 10.

The highlight of James’ day at the Marietta Invitational Saturday was the 400, which he took first place with a time of 49.40 seconds. That time qualified him for the 2012 ECAC Outdoor Track Championships scheduled for May 17-18. It’s the second straight week he’s won the 400 at a big meet, as he claimed first in the event at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational March 31 with a winning time of 50.44 seconds.

In addition to the 400 victory, James ran on the 4x400 relay that posted a time of 3:24.71 to earn second place. The Bison sophomore also placed eighth overall out of 26 runners in the 200 with a time of 23.23.

While James has had recent success in the 400, his best event this year is the 800. In the first outdoor meet of the year on March 24 at Wheeling Jesuit, James finished second overall and first among non-scholarship runners with a time of 1:53.59. That time places him in the top 12 in the country among Division III competitors and if it holds or if he turns in a faster time, would qualify him for NCAA Division III Championships.

James narrowly missed out on competing at nationals last year. The top 19 times in the country were extended invitations in the 800 and James ranked 20th. His time of 1:52.54 set a new Bethany record and placed him fifth at ECAC Championships last spring, but left him .03 away from making the cut for national championships.

A physical education major, Arkangelo is the son of Parina & Lomila James of Pittsburgh, Pa.