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BETHANY’S PRATO WINS 100 TO HIGHLIGHT PAC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

April 28 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) won the conference title in the 100 to highlight a solid day for the Bethany College track and field teams at the 2012 PAC Championships, which concluded Saturday at Geneva.

Led by four All-PAC performances, the Bison men scored 56 points to place fifth out of nine teams. For the women, Prato’s title was one of two all-conference finishes that helped give BC 33 points to earn eighth place. Westminster was the winner on both the men’s and women’s side.

The lone PAC championship came from Prato in the 100. She blazed to the finish line in 12.76 seconds, which was .18 in front of the runner-up and broke her own school record that was set Friday in the preliminaries by .01 seconds. Prato would also score in the 200, as she placed fourth overall in a time of 26.94 seconds.

The other women’s All-PAC performance was recorded by senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley). She ran to Third Team All-PAC distinction by crossing the finish line in 1:00.72. Prato and Black also ran on the 4x100 relay along with freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Home schooled) and sophomore Haylee Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) to take fourth place with a time of 51.28.

The rest of the Bison points came in the field, where senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) placed in two jumps. She just missed All-PAC laurels in the high jump by finishing fourth after clearing 4-10.25 and then grabbed seventh place in the long jump (15-0.75).

The men’s team had their top finish come in the javelin and 110 hurdles, where junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Musselman) took in Second Team All-PAC honors with a time of 16.30 seconds. Also scoring in that event was freshman Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio), who was fifth by finishing in 17.51 seconds.

Also taking Second Team accolades was sophomore Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth). He finished in second in the javelin after recording a best throw of 177 feet, nine inches.

One individual and one relay brought home Honorable Mention All-PAC distinction. In the 800, sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) finished third in a highly competitive race with a time of 1:57.65. He also ran on the 4x400 relay with sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) and the foursome finished in 3:28.15 to place third overall.

James and the 4x100 relay team of junior Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson), Tolliver and junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) just missed on all-conference honors by taking fourth with a time of 43.74 seconds. In addition to James, Pinchom also scored in multiple events, as he was fifth in the 100 after crossing the finish line in 11.75 seconds.

The final Bison points on the track were recorded by sophomore Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.), who took sixth in the 3,000 Steeplechase (10:42.29), and freshman Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio), who earned eighth place by finishing the 400 Hurdles in 1:00.28.

Bethany also picked up two places in the field events. Junior Michael Newman (Tampa, Fla./T.R. Robinson) posted a throw of 128-3 in the discus to score fifth place. In the high jump, senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) cleared 6-0 to take sixth place.

Some members of the Bison will continue their season in a couple weeks when they travel to the Allegheny Invitational May 11th.