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TWO RECORDS FALL, THREE BISON QUALIFY FOR ECAC’S AT IUP MEET

April 18 - INDIANA, Pa. – The Bethany track and field teams enjoyed another banner outing Saturday, as two school records were broken and three individuals qualified for ECAC Championships during the Indiana (Pa.) University Ed Fry Invitational.

The Bison women finished seventh out of 13 teams overall with 63 points, but were second among Division III schools just behind Waynesburg’s 66 points. BC’s men scored 15 to tie for 10th place overall. The host school IUP earned first place on both sides in a meet featuring seven Division II women’s programs and six DII men’s schools.

Junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) continued her stellar season by racing to first place in the 200 with a time of 26.10. In addition to breaking her own Bethany record by more than four-tenths of a second, she also qualified for ECAC Championships, the third event she will race in at that meet (400, 4x400 relay).

One other women’s record fell on Saturday, which came in the triple jump. Freshman Connie Woods (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) placed third with a measurement of 36-1.25, shattering her own school record by nearly a foot. It also hit the qualifying standard for ECACs right on the nose, meaning Woods will also be competing in the meet at Springfield (Mass.) College May 14-15.

The third Bison to punch their ticket to ECACs was sophomore Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) in the high jump. He cleared 6-6 to easily surpass the qualifying mark (6-2.75) and finished third at Saturday’s meet, but was the top Division III competitor in the field.

The whole day was full of good performances from the Bison on the track and in the field. Bodo’s 200 wasn’t her only highlight, as she took second in the 400 with a season-best time of 58.35. She also led off for the 4x100 relay and along with freshman Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), senior Emily Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills), placed fifth in 51.17 seconds, just .03 away from the school record.

Another Bison who had a busy day was junior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area), who placed in four events. She was fifth in the pole vault (9-8), sixth in the 400 hurdles (1:10.54) and seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.74). Finley also ran the leadoff leg for the 4x400 relay, which also had Black, Bodo and junior Maggie McCort (Fort Ashby, W.Va./Frankfort), that took sixth (4:20.42).

Other points from the track events were provided by Katsur (13.47) and Bota (13.59), who took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100, McCort, who was eighth in the 3,000 (11:24.62) and junior Alissa Moss (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston), who claimed third in the 3,000 Steeplechase with her best time this year (13:21.20)

In the field, Woods grabbed seventh in the long jump (16-2), sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) placed sixth in the discus (109-7) and freshman Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) took seventh in the high jump (5-0) and triple jump (31-1).

Wilson’s finish in the high jump was the best for the BC men, but they also tallied field points in the triple jump, where junior Grant Walters (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) placed seventh (38-9.5).

The Bethany sprinters picked up the rest of the team’s points. Sophomore Daniel Farray (Queens, N.Y./Msg. McClancy) was seventh in the 100 (11.55); the 4x100 relay of senior Alex Bota (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), freshman Josh Ringer (Prosperity, Pa./McGuffey), Walters and Farray earned fifth (46.75); and the 4x400 relay of sophomore Brandon Applegate (Colorado Springs, Col./Mitchell), freshman Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), Walters and Wilson placed eighth (3:44.03).

The IUP meet was Bethany’s last preparation for next Saturday’s PAC Championships, which will be held at Westminster. At last year’s conference meet, the Bison women placed sixth and BC’s men were fourth.