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Bethany Posts Strong Performances to Open ECAC Track Championships

May 16 - SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Bethany College men’s track and field team began the 2013 ECAC Track and Field Championships at Springfield (Mass.) College Thursday with one top six placement and one new school record.

7170Gregg13.jpg The Bison picked up three points for the meet in the javelin. Junior Ben Gregg (right - Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth), the 2013 PAC Champion in the event, finished sixth on Thursday with his best throw of 188 feet, four inches. It’s the second straight year Gregg has scored at ECACs after he placed fifth at last year’s meet.

A new Bethany record was set in the triple jump. Freshman Umar Moore (below - Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) would finish 11th in the event but his effort was the best ever by a BC jumper. His top measurement of 45 feet, 11.25 inches surpassed the previous school standard, which was set by Shederick Young in 1994 (45-9).

Also in action on Thursday for the Bison men was senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.). He qualified for ECACs in the 100 during the Bison’s previous meet at Allegheny and he finished with a time of 11.24 seconds in his preliminary heat Thursday, which did not advance him to Friday’s final.

7144Moore12.jpg The BC men’s 4x400 relay also competed Thursday and the team of sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), junior Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) were 19th out of 29 relays with a time of 3:24.00.

The only Bethany female to take the track on the initial day was junior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes). In the first of her three events for the meet, she ran in the preliminaries of the 100 but did not move on to the championship heat after finishing with a time of 12.71 seconds.

The ECAC Championships will conclude on Friday, which will feature the rest of the 14 Bison who qualified for the meet competing in throughout the meet.