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March 24 - WHEELING, W.Va. – Sophomores Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) and Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) highlighted a big day by the Bethany College track and field teams at the Wheeling Jesuit Invitational, which was the first outdoor meet of the season for the Bison.

Gregg, who provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships last year as a freshman, took first place Saturday with a best throw of 56.34 meters, which was nearly two full meters ahead of the runner-up. As for James, who also provisionally qualified for nationals a season ago, he also had a big start to the year. He finished second in the 800 with a time of 1:53.59, which will likely place him in the top 10 in the country in the event.

Both Bison men’s relays also had fine showings. The 4x400 relay of sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), James, senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) took third place overall with a time of 3:25.28. Earlier in the meet, the 4x100 relay of Balde, Tolliver, junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) placed fourth overall in 43.98 seconds.

Bethany also had one other individual score in a field event and track event. In the high jump, senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) tied for sixth place by clearing 1.75 meters. Junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Musselman) advanced to the finals in the 110 hurdles by taking sixth in the prelims and then earned seventh in the finals with a time of 16.99.

For the women’s team, Mongelluzzo crushed the school record in the 3,000 that had stood for 14 years. She placed fifth overall in the event with a time of 10:49.16, which took more than 30 seconds off the previous mark established by Regina Myers in 1998.

In addition to Mongelluzzo's record, sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) scored placed fifth in the 200 by crossing the finish line in 27.19 seconds. Prato also anchored the 4x100 relay to a good placement. She teamed with freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschooled), senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and sophomore Hayley Acree (MIdlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) to take fifth place with a time of 53.12.

Rounding out the top eight finishers in the meet was senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who tied for fifth by going over 1.50 meters.

Both Bison track teams return to competition next Saturday at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.