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BISON TRACK TEAMS CONTINUE STRONG START AT W&J INVITATIONAL
March 31 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – After a big start to their outdoor seasons last week, the Bethany College track and field teams turned in more strong showings at the unscored Washington & Jefferson Invitational Saturday.
The Bison men had one individual win an event on the track and another take runner-up in the field. Sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) won first place in the 400 by breaking the tape in 50.44 seconds, edging out Waynesburg’s Byrum Louco by .03 seconds. In the field, sophomore Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) battled a stiff breeze to earn second place overall and was tops among PAC competitors with a measurement of 165 feet, one inch.
Bethany’s women were also led by one individual in the field and one on the track. Senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) finished in a three-way tie for third place in the high jump, as she cleared 5-0.25. Allen also slid into the 4x100 relay as a late replacement and keyed a good finish for the team. The foursome of freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschool), senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), Allen and sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) ran earned fourth place in a season-best 52.16 seconds.
That was just part of a big day for Prato as well. She qualified for the 100 finals with the third-fastest time in the prelims and then took .01 off that time to come in at 13.23 seconds in the finals to finish third overall. Butler also reached the finals in the 100 and placed sixth overall. In the 200, Prato took sixth and was second among PAC sprinters by clocking in at 27.79 seconds.
Bethany’s distance runners also had solid efforts, led by senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity). One week after smashing the school record in the 3,000, she earned seventh place overall in the 1,500 with a time of 5:04.67.
Back in the men’s events, the BC sprinters racked up good placements, especially in the relays. Freshman Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) was seventh in the prelims of the 100 to earn a spot in the finals and his time of 11.56 moved him up to sixth in the final heat.
Thompson also helped the 4x100 relay race to a fourth place finish, as he teamed with sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) and junior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) to come in with a time of 43.85 seconds.
In the final event of meet, the 4x400 relay of Balde, James, senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and Thompson also took fourth place by finishing in 3:29.72.
The Bison will be in action again next Saturday by competing at the Marietta Invitational.