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Prato/Koegel Tabbed as SAAC Athletes of the Week

April 29 – BETHANY, W.Va. - Bison track & field standout, senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and Bison baseball first baseman, freshman Chris Koegel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area), have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Prato had arguably the best day of any Bison at the PAC Championships, as she finished first in the 100 meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash. In the 100, she was able to break her own school record with a time of 12.45. The 200 saw her also set a new Bison record, as she ran a 25.59. The previous record was held by Jodi Bodo, who ran a time of 25.89 in 2010. In addition to the individual achievements, she was also a member of the winning 4x100 meter relay team (49.84). Her performance in the 200 also qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships held on May 15-16

On the year, Prato has been a staple of consistency, combining for eight top-five finishes in sprint competitions (100 meter & 200 meter dash). She has also been a member of the 4x100 relay team that has placed first on four different occasions and has qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 100 meter dash (12.45).

Koegel had a fantastic week, helping the Bison post a 4-2 record. Koegel batted .474 as the dish, with nine hits and six RBI's. He also posted an impressive .521 on-base percentage. His best outing was arguably on April 28 in a thrilling 12-11 win over Thiel. Koegel went 2-for-4 at the plate, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Just in his first year, Koegel has been spectacular, leading the team with 19 RBI’s and 16 walks, while batting .313 at the dish. Notching 26 hits, he has also shown some power, logging six doubles and a home run. Koegel’s best performance to date came on April 8 in a win over Saint Vincent. He finished the outing with four hits and three RBI’s.

Other women that were considered included junior softball players Jessica Kusnierz (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) and Kelsey Bish (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield). On the men’s side was tennis standout, junior Jared Roque (Munster, Ind./Munster), track and field athlete, sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and junior closer Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour).