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April 7 - MARIETTA, Ohio – Senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) took first place in the 400-meter dash, which were only part of the strong day turned in by the Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Marietta Invitational.

The Bison men scored 52.5 points to place sixth out of 12 teams at the Invitational, while the BC women totaled 24 points to finish seventh out of 10 teams. Tiffin (Ohio) University finished in first place on the men’s and women’s side.

This marked the second straight week James captured first place in the 400. Last week at Washington & Jefferson, he won the race in a time of 50.44 seconds. On Saturday, James outdueled Ryan Householder from Marietta and T.J. Abel of Glenville State in the opening heat. He finished with a time of 49.40 seconds to best Householder by .36 seconds for the first place points.

Black also had two stiff challengers in her heat of the 400 provided by Tiffin’s Makeela Tisdel and Taylor Deskins. But the Bison senior was first to the tape by coming in with a time of 1:00.29, which was .43 seconds faster than Tisdel for the event victory.

In addition to the 400 win, Black also helped the Bethany relays score. She ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay with senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan), sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and sophomore Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) to a fourth place finish in 4:32.72. She also joined Acree, Prato and freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschooled) on the 4x100 team that earned seventh with a season-best time of 52.10.

Also scoring well in the individual events for Bethany was freshman Jess Olson (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon), who took fourth in the 5K in 20:40.87, Prato, who claimed eighth in the 100 (13.08) and Allen, who was eighth in the triple jump (9.65).

Like Black, James also aided a top finish for the Bison 4x400 relay. Joined by freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), the relay earned second place with a time of 3:24.71. James also placed eighth in the 200 in 23.23 seconds, while Thompson was fifth in the event in 22.80 seconds.

That was one of three placements recorded by Thompson on the day. He also finished sixth in the 100 with a time of 11.17 seconds and teamed with junior Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson), Tolliver and junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) to place third in the 4x100 (43.82).

Outside of James’ victory in the 400, the next best finish by a Bison in an individual event was Douglas. He raced to third place in the 800 by crossing with a time of 2:03.28. Other points in track events were pulled in by junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Musselman) with a seventh place in the 110 hurdles (16.43) and freshman Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) with a sixth place in the 400 hurdles (1:04.60).

The Bison picked up points in the field when freshman Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa.) was sixth in the triple jump (12.46 meters).

Bethany will continue its season next Saturday by competing at the Westminster Invitational.