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JAMES, 4X400 RELAY HIGHLIGHT BETHANY’S DAY AT MOUNT UNION MEET

Feb. 4 - ALLIANCE, Ohio – Sophomore Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) won the 800-meter run and anchored the 4x400 relay to a first place finish as well to highlight the Bethany College indoor track teams’ day at the Mount Union Jim Wuske Indoor Invitational Saturday.

The 800 was a thrilling race from start to finish between James, Allegheny’s Mike Vlah and Buffalo State’s Tim Fargino. The Bison sophomore would be the first to break the tape, as he crossed with a time of 1:59.06, just .23 ahead of Vlah and Fargino by .70.

In the final running event of the meet, James would play a role in another Bison win. He anchored the 4x400 relay team and along with sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre), freshman Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) and senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), posted a time of 3:31.26 to take first place over John Carroll by more than two seconds.

Also turning in a top performance was freshman Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa.). He took third place in the triple jump with a best measurement of 41-10.5.

The women’s team did not have a first place showing, but did turn in some strong efforts. The top placement came from senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity), who finished sixth overall in the 3000 with a time of 11:07.32.

In the sprints, freshman Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschooled) placed high in two events. She earned sixth in the 60-meter preliminaries to move into the finals and placed seventh overall with a time of 8.47 seconds. Butler then won her heat in the 200 with a time of 27.75, which was good enough to earn seventh place.

Both Bethany teams will be back in the track next Friday at the Indoor PAC Challenge, which will be held at West Virginia University.