May 9 - MEADVILLE, Pa. – Sophomore Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) broke two school records and freshman Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) surpassed one mark to highlight a busy day for the Bethany College track and field teams at the unscored Allegheny (Pa.) College Invitational.
Bodo was the big story, as she reset records which had stood since 1997. In the 200, Bodo broke the tape in 26.80, eclipsing the record set by Errone Quader (26.94) 11 years ago. Her time was good enough to win her heat and place Bodo eighth overall in the event.
The other record to fall was in the 400, as Bodo came in with a time of under a minute. Her official finish was not available at this time, but it was in the 59-second range, which bettered the previous school record of 1:00.34 established by Quader the same year she set the 200 standard.
The school record broke by Finley came in the 400 hurdles and rewrote a mark which had stood since 1993. Finley finished in seventh place at the Allegheny meet with a time of 1:06.20, which clipped more than half a second off Christine Haught’s old record of 1:06.84. The time also qualified Finley for ECAC Championships in the event.
Other top efforts by Bethany women included senior Lauren Spegal (Bethel Park, Pa.) earning seventh in the shot put (37-0) and senior Chantal Stettinius (Parkton, Md./Hereford) placing fifth in the 3,000 Steeplechase (12:26.40).
Bethany’s men saw a record equaled by sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) in the 110 hurdles. Cruse ran the preliminaries and the finals in 14.71 seconds to place second, which also equaled his school record set at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Cruse’s performance also moved him up to a tie with the 15th fastest time in Division III this season.
Cruse has another stellar effort in the 400 hurdles. He took second with a time of 53.85, the fastest of his career, and slid into a tie for the 13th fastest time in the country.
The Bison sprinters enjoyed a good day as well. Junior Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) placed third overall in the 100 with a finals time of 11.35 after running 11.20 in the prelims, while freshman Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./McClancy) finished sixth (11.56). McNeil also grabbed third in the 200 by crossing in 22.60 seconds.
Some of Bethany’s track athletes will be back in action Saturday when they compete at the Wheeling Jesuit Invitational. This weekend was BC’s final prep for the ECAC Outdoor Championships, which will be May 17-18 at Springfield (Mass.) College.