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BISON SET MORE RECORDS AT PAC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

April 25 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – At the 2009 PAC Track and Field Championships Saturday, the Bethany men’s and women’s teams broke four school records and earned 10 All-PAC honors on a warm day at Westminster.

Overall, the Bison women scored 76 points to finish fifth out of six teams, as Westminster repeated as conference champions with 143 points. The BC men totaled 26 to place sixth, while Grove City also won their second straight league crown with 201 points.

Highlighting the day for the Bison was the women’s 4x400 relay team of sophomores Stacy and Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central). They took first place with a time of 4:02.53, which clipped nearly five full seconds off their previous school record set earlier this year. The group had already qualified for ECAC Championships with their previous time as well.

Bethany’s other women’s relay also enjoyed a record-setting day. By earning Third Team All-PAC in the 4x100 with a time of 50.45, the team of Bodo, senior Emily Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), Black and senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) surpassed the previous school record (51.14) and earned a trip to the May 14-15 ECAC meet.

The other two records broken came in field events. Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) was Second Team All-PAC and qualified for ECACs in the discus with a throw of 119-5.75, which also broke the Bethany record of 115-6 set by Lauren Spegal in 2005.

And in the long jump, freshman Connie Woods (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams), who already owns the Bison record in the triple jump, added another standard to her collection. She earned Third Team All-PAC with a measurement of 17-0.5 to just pass Christine Haught’s 1993 BC mark by a half-inch.

Three Bison who ran on the victorious 4x400 relay finished as two-time All-PAC honorees. In the 400, Bodo claimed Third Team with a time of 58.64, while in the 800, the Goode twins both ran to all-conference laurels. Stacy was Second Team by crossing in 2:20.90, just .61 away from breaking Bodo’s school record. Stacy was followed closely at the finish line by Kelly, who took Third Team All-PAC in 2:22.08.

The final award was gathered in by junior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort) in the 5,000, as she garnered Third Team recognition with a time of 20:27.00.

For the Bison men, they finished with two Second Team All-PAC honors. In the 100, sophomore Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./Msgr. McClancy) was second after the preliminaries and ran 11.46 in the final heat to maintain that standing.

In the field, sophomore Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) cleared 6-4.75 in the high jump to earn Second Team All-PAC, his first all-conference honor.

Members of both Bison men’s and women’s teams will continue their seasons on May 8 at the Allegheny Invitational as preparation for the ECAC Championships.