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April 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for 10 first place finishes and one individual and one relay qualify for ECAC Championships during Wednesday’s PAC South Quad Meet at Bison Stadium.

The Bison men, who earned seven of those first places, scored 145 points to take second out of four teams behind only Waynesburg (165). Bethany’s women finished with 78 points to place third behind Washington & Jefferson (114) and Waynesburg (124).

The first place efforts were sprinkled throughout the BC men’s line-up. The race of the day came in the 800, where three of the top four runners in the conference locked horns. In the end, a strong kick from Bison freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) over the final 200 meters propelled him to a first place time of 1:59.31 to just beat out Saint Vincent’s Kevin Wanichko (1:59.79) and Waynesburg’s Justin Angotti (2:00.75).

In the sprints, sophomore Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) took the top spot in the 100 with a time of 11.19 to edge out freshman teammate Aarick Jones (Wadsworth, Ohio) by .05 seconds. Jones also led off for the winning 4x100 relay team, which included freshman Greg Williams (Washington, D.Ca./Shippensburg), freshman Adrian White (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain) and freshman Kendon Noel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Prospect Hts.), as the group won with a time of 43.77 seconds, which also qualified the relay for ECAC Championships.

The field events saw four first places from Bethany athletes, highlighted by junior Seth Myers (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) winning the shot put (41-10.75) and freshman Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) besting the field in the javelin, his second meet win this season, with a throw of 170-0.

Rounding out the Bison wins were senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) in the high jump (5-10.75) and freshman Kevin Carson (Smithfield, W.Va./Valley) in the pole vault.

Although he did not win his event, the freshman Williams had a big day in the long jump. His best effort measured out at 22-3.75, which was second by just one-half inch, but it also qualified him for ECAC Championships. Others taking second place on Wednesday included sophomore Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) in the 400 (53.37) and freshman Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) in the 3,000 Steeple (10:23.68).

Senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) registered another strong day to continue her fine senior season. After taking first in the pole vault by clearing 9-8 to start the meet, she set a new PAC South Quad meet record in the 400 hurdles with a winning time of 1:07.11. Finley also scored in the 100 hurdles by taking third place (16.16).

Junior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) raced to BC’s other first place points by winning the 400 with a season-best time of 1:02.33. Finley and Black ran the first two legs for the 4x100 relay team, which also featured freshmen Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) and Paige Prato (Chewick, Pa./Deer Lakes), that claimed second place (52.00).

Garnering third place points during the day were Prato in the 200 (27.53), junior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) in the high jump (4-10.25) and long jump (15-9) and senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) in the shot put (33-2).

The meet served as Bethany’s final tune-up for the 2011 PAC Championships. That two-day event, which begins April 29 and concludes April 30, which also be held at Bison Stadium. It will mark the first time since 2001 Bethany has hosted the conference championship meet.