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BISON BREAK TWO MORE RECORDS AT ALLEGHENY INVITATIONAL

May 15 - MEADVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany College track and field teams continued a strong season Friday, as two more records were broken and one first place earned at the unscored Gator Invitational, hosted by Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

The top highlight came in the men’s 800, where freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) finally took down the school record he has been chasing all season. And by finishing third in the race with a time of 1:52.94, James smashed the record, bettering it by more than three seconds. The mark of 1:56.29 was originally set 30 years ago in 1981 by Martin Maag and equaled a year later by Alex Kon.

The other school record to fall came in the women’s 400 hurdles. Senior Desiree Finley, who had written the standard back in 2008, took second place at Allegheny with a time of 1:05.75, eclipsing her previous best time by nearly a half-second. Her performance also qualified her for ECAC Championships in the event.

Although James and Finley were able to set new records, they did not win their respective events at the meet. Only one Bison was able to claim that honor and it was freshman Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) in the javelin. His best effort of 189 feet, seven inches bettered the runner-up by nearly eight feet.

Freshman Greg Williams (Washington, D.C/Shippensburg) had a hand in the other three top finishes for Bethany. Individually, he advanced out of the prelims in the 100 and finished seventh overall with a finals time of 11.28 and also took fifth overall in the long jump (22-1.75). In addition he ran the third leg on the 4x100 relay with freshman Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), sophomore Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Aarick Jones (Wadsworth, Ohio), which finished third in a time of 43.39.

The rest of the top highlights for the women came in the sprints. The 4x100 relay of freshman Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated), junior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), Finely and freshman Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) recorded a time of 50.74 to place sixth.

Later in the meet, Black would take fifth in the 400 in 1:02.41 and Prato earned sixth in the 200 (27.20).

Next up for Bethany is the 2011 ECAC Championships, which will be held at Moravian College. The Bison are sending four individuals and two relays who have qualified. Both 4x100 relays will be competing, as will Finley in the 100 and 400 hurdles, Gregg in the javelin, James in the 800 and Williams in the long jump. The meet begins Thursday and will conclude Friday.