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March 27 - WHEELING, W.Va. – After a limited number of competitors began the season last week, the entire Bethany College track and field teams were in action Saturday at the Wheeling Jesuit Bill Van Horne Invitational.

Both teams finished in 12th place overall, with the women scoring 16 points and the men totaling 10. Malone claimed the top spot on both sides, finishing first out of 17 women’s teams and first out of 14 men’s programs.

Senior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was the top scorer on the day for the Bison. In the 400, she placed fourth overall and first among Division III runners with a time of 1:00.01. Later in the meet, she earned sixth place in the 200 by crossing with a time of 26.88, which was also good for third among non-scholarship competitors.

Two other Bison also took sixth place in the events, including junior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) in the pole vault (9-0) and senior Alissa Moss (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) in the 3,000 (12:45.17). The final BC athlete who earned points was sophomore Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who cleared 4-7.5 to place seventh overall.

For the men, freshman Nathanial Hensh (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) secured the top place when he earned fourth place in the pole vault with a best effort of 13-5. Junior Kenny Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) also scored points in the field after he cleared 5-7 in the high jump to take sixth place.

Bethany’s best performance on the track came in the 4x400 relay when freshman Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.), freshman Matt Schrumpf (McMechen, W.Va./Bishop Donahue), freshman Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) and sophomore Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) was seventh overall with a time of 3:33.94.

Both Bison teams will be in action again on Saturday, April 3 when they go to the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.