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STEEPLE RECORD FALLS AGAIN AS BISON COMPETE AT SLIPPERY ROCK

May 6 - SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Freshmen Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) and Greg Williams (Washington, D.C./Shippensburg) highlighted the Bethany College track and field teams at the Slippery Rock Qualifier Friday by taking first place in the 3,000 Steeplechase and Long Jump, respectively.

For Yarrington, not only did he win the event, as his time of 9:51.73 was just over three seconds faster than the runner-up, he also broke the school record in the event. After taking Third Team All-PAC last week and shaving 14 seconds off his previous mark, Yarrington took nearly nine more seconds off his record, which he has now broken four times this year.

Williams had a big day as well, finishing in the top two in a trio of events. He took first in the long jump with a best measurement of 6.80 meters, and would post a season-best time of 11.12 seconds in the 100 to earn second place.

The other runner-up finish came in the 4x100 relay, as Williams ran leadoff for the team of freshman Kendon Noel (Brooklyn , N.Y./Prospect Hts.), freshman Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and sophomore Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) which posted a time of 43.72 seconds to take second behind only Division II Slippery Rock.

The Bison also had three throwers place in the top five in their respective events. Freshman Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) took second in the javelin (49.92 meters) but did not improve on his NCAA provisional qualifying mark from last week. In the discus, sophomore Michael Newman (Tampa, Fla./T.R. Robinson) earned fourth place out of 14 throwers with a throw of 39.99 meters and junior Seth Myers (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) finished fifth in the shot put (12.09 meters).

The top finish for Bethany’s women was in the 400 Hurdles, where senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) crossed in third place with a time of 1:08.00.

The Bison will send a select few competitors to next Friday’s Allegheny Invitational with hopes of improving times or qualifying for ECAC Championships or potentially NCAA Championships.