April 22 – BETHANY, W.Va. - Bison track & field standout, senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and tennis athlete, senior James Peterson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain), have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.
At the Slippery Rock Open, Prato scored a sixth-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.48. That time qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, which will be held on May 15-16. Along with that finish, Prato also notched an eighth-place mark in the 200 meter with a 27.26. In addition, she was also a member of the victorious 4x100 meter relay that took part in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Quad South Meet on April 16.
On the year, Prato has been a staple of consistency, combining for six 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 three different occasions.
Peterson, who was recently named PAC Tennis Player of the Week, had a great week for the Bison, winning all of his matches en route to a 4-0 record. Against Mount Aloysius, Peterson grabbed No. 2 singles in straight sets (6-0, 6-2) and then carried the momentum into the following match, as he defeated his Penn State Altoona opponent 6-4, 6-4. He also played well in doubles action, as he and partner David Camacho (Harlingen, Texas/Tuloso-Midway) went 2-0 on the week.
On the year, Peterson has been a solid contributor for the Bison tennis program, winning six matches in number two singles, while posting a 7-6 record in number one doubles.
Other nominees on the men’s side included, senior golfer Ryan Vassil (Clarks Summit, Pa/Abington Heights), senior pitcher Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), junior sprinter Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir), track & field athlete, sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and freshman Chris Koegel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area). The other women included junior softball players, Jessica Kusnierz (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) and Kiersten Conwell (Washington, Pa./Chartiers Houston), as well as track & field athlete, sophomore Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton).