April 5 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that track athletes, junior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and freshman Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) have been named the Bison SAAC Athletes of the Week.
Butler earned his first PAC Track Athlete of the Week award of the outdoor season, posting 23 points to help the Green & White to a team total of 166.33. Butler ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay that qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, posting a time of 42.15. He also helped the 4x400 team to a first-place finish, finishing a time of 3:24.20.
Individually, the junior tallied a win in the 200-meter dash, taking the event with a time of 22.16. The time, Butler’s fastest of the outdoor season, earned him a qualification into the ECAC Championships, while also ranking him 34th in the Nation. He also tallied a second-place mark in the 400 with a time of 50.02.
Frazier earned her first-career SAAC Athlete of the Week award after scoring in three different field events to help the women’s track and field team to a third-place finish with 103 total points.
Individually, Frazier secured 16 total points, placing second in the shot put with a career-best throw of 35’ 6 ½”. Along with that mark, the Washington High School grad tallied a third-place finish in the javelin with a distance of 113’ 8”, while also securing a seventh-place finish in the discus (78’ 9”).
Honorable mention selections for the male SAAC Athlete of the Week awards included senior track athlete Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), freshman third-baseman Kevin Marthinsen (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), freshman tennis standout Rhone Thrash (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg) and sophomore lacrosse attackmen Jacob Schiffer (Monkton, Md./Hereford) for the men.
On the women’s side, honorable mention honors went to senior track runner Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), senior outfielder Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and sophomore softball pitcher Sam Binkley (Ontario, Canada/St. James).