March 14 - MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Competing against athletes from all divisions, the Bethany College track & field teams showed well in the second day of the Shamrock Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina University on Saturday. Over the course of the day, the Bison also captured three qualifying times for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Outdoor Championships.
The men were led on the day by junior Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) who appeared in four different races for the Green & White, while having his hand in two ECAC qualifying marks. Individually, Minger competed in both the 400 meter and 200 meter runs. His best performance of the day came in the 400 meter as he crossed the finish line with a time of 49.24.
Minger's time was good for seventh-place overall, but he was the fourth collegiate runner to cross the line. He was also the first athlete from any Division III institution to finish the race. His time in the 400 also qualified him for the ECAC Championships in that event.
In his second individual performance, Minger posted a 12th-place finish in the 200 meter dash, notching a time of 22.53. Minger was the second Division III runner across the finish line in the race, coming in behind five Division I runners, one Division II athlete and four unattached runners.
Along with his individual races, Minger was also a member of both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams. The 4x100 team captured an 11th place finish with a time of 43.70, qualifying them for the ECAC Championships. The 4x400 team posted a 17th-place mark, finishing with a time of 3:30.04. Along with Minger, the 4x100 team consisted of Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir), Kory Platt (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County), while the 4x4 team included Thompson, Minger, Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) and Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch).
Freshman Shae Long (Steubenville, Ohio/East Liverpool) also posted a solid individual performance, capturing a seventh-place mark in the high jump, posting a height of 6'2".
On the women's side, the 4x100 relay team got themselves into the ECAC Championships, qualifying with a time of 49.95. The relay team posted a ninth-place finish in the event, but took the top time in their heat. The 4x1 team consisted of Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek), Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) and Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home).
Jackson-McBride also competed three other times, racing in two individual events, while also competing in 4x400 relay. Her top performance came in the 400 meter run, posting a 14th-place finish with a time of 59.49. She also posted a 24th-place finish against competitors from all divisions in the 200-meter dash, notching a time of 26.55.
The 4x4 relay team notched a 13th-place finish (4:14.25). Along with Jackson-McBride the 4x400 relay team was comprised of Rao, Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Megan Butler (Harrisburg, Pa./Commonwealth Connections).
Other top individual performances for the Bison included Martin and Rao. Both competing in the 100-meter dash, Martin posted a 29th-place finish (12.89) out of 55 runners, while Rao totaled a time of 13.07.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, March 28 as they compete in the West Virginia Wesleyan Invitational.