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Jan. 21 - MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2012 indoor track and field season began Saturday for the Bethany College teams, as the Bison were one of a small number of teams to compete at the West Virginia University State Farm Games in Morgantown.

The most impressive showing came from sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). He won the 800-meter run with a strong time of 1:59.58, not far off the ECAC-qualifying standard of 1:57.

The rest of the top performance on the men’s side came from their bevy of 400 runners. Bethany men went 3-4-5 in the open 400, starting with sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) in third, freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) taking fourth and senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) placing fifth.

Those three runners teamed with James to earn second place in the 4x400 relay.

The women’s team was led by freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschooled). She just missed qualifying for the finals of the 60, as she placed seventh in the preliminaries and was just .01 seconds from advancing. Then she took third place overall in the 200.

A solid effort was turned in by freshman Jess Olson (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon Area), who was the top non-scholarship runner to finish in the 5K.

Both Bison teams are off next weekend, but will return to competition Feb. 4 at the Mount Union Invitational.