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BISON OVERCOME WEATHER, PERFORM WELL AT W&J INVITATIONAL

April 2 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Despite competing in less than ideal weather conditions, the Bethany College track and field teams notched several top performances at Saturday’s Washington & Jefferson Invitational.

The BC men recorded 25 points to finish tied with Wittenberg for 11th place out of 19 teams. For the Bison women, their 13 points was good enough to finish 15th overall.

Freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) turned in the top effort in the 800. He crossed the finish line with a time of 1:57.51, which is just over a second away from the BC school record. It was also good for second place at Saturday’s Invitational and was the top effort recorded by a Division III runner.

Two other top five finishes came in field events. Freshman Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) took third place in the javelin with a throw of 159-0, while freshman Greg Williams (Washington, D.C./Shippensburg), last week’s PAC Field Athlete of the Week, was fourth in the long jump this week with a best measurement of 21-2.75.

Back on the track, both Bison relays raced to sixth place finishes. The 4x100 team of sophomore Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown), sophomore Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson), freshman Aarick Jones (Wadsworth, Ohio) and sophomore Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) posted a time of 44.56 for their sixth place finish.

In the 4x400, freshman Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), junior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), James and Pinchom were timed in 3:33.99 to grab sixth.

The Bethany women’s performances were highlighted by senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), who had a hand in all of the team’s points. In the 100 hurdles, she barely squeezed into the finals after qualifying eighth just .03 ahead of the next runner. Once in the finals, she moved up two spots and took sixth overall by finishing in 16.41.

Finley also scored well in the 400 Hurdles, as she secured third place with a time of 1:09.59. In addition, the BC senior ran the third leg for the 4x100 relay, which also featured freshman Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated), junior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and freshman Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) and they finished fifth in a time of 52.51.

Bethany’s teams will hope for better weather next Saturday when the teams complete at the Mount Union Invitational.