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MCNEIL, FINLEY EARN PAC WEEKLY TRACK ACCOLADES
April 6 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College seniors Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) have been selected as the PAC Men’s Track and Women’s Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of April 5.
The recognition comes after the pair had stellar days at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational Saturday. McNeil helped the Bison men finish seventh out of 14 teams by winning two events and placing in the top four in two others. His first places showings came in the 200, where he finished with a time of 22.35 seconds, and McNeil anchored the 4x100 relay team that also featured junior Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./Msg. McClancy) and freshmen Marcus Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) and Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) to a victorious time of 43.64.
In addition, McNeil earned fourth place in the 100 with a finals time of 11.05 seconds and completed his busy day by running with freshmen Willis Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown), Matt Schrumpf (McMechen, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) and Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) in the 4x400 relay, where the Bison placed third overall in a time of 3:32.32.
A physical education major, Taylor is the son of Gary and Kathy McNeil of Old Saybrook, Conn.
Finley also posted multiple top four showings to grab the PAC honor. She took first place in the pole vault event by clearing 10 feet, two inches on Saturday, which was less than an inch away from her own school record set in 2008.
On the track, Finley ran leadoff on the 4x400 relay with sophomore Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), freshman Emily Andrews (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit) and senior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) that placed second overall with a time of 4:12.21. Finley added one more to her list of high placements when she earned fourth place in the 100 hurdles by finishing in 16.78 seconds.
A physical education major, Desiree is the daughter of Sharon Hicks of Nanticoke, Pa.