April 29 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College track & field teams competed in the first day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships on Friday afternoon at Bison Stadium. Both the men and the women tallied ten points on day one.
The Bison men were led on the day by senior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and junior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville). Moore posted the lone points for the Green & White, capturing an individual championship in the triple jump.
The championship was not without drama for the three-time All-American, as the senior found himself sitting in second place behind Westminster’s Paul Carswell with just one jump to go. Urging the crowd to make some noise, Moore responded to the pressure situation by uncorking the winning jump of 45-3.50, earning the triple jump title.
Other top performances in finals for the Green & White included Matt Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who posted a 10th-place mark out of 23 competitors in the javelin. Dunn posted a best throw of 140-07.
Butler earned a spot in the finals in his lone event of the day on Friday, posting the second-fastest time in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 10.90. His time shattered the Bethany school record, previously held by Marcus Johnson (10.97) in 2010.
Freshman Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville) also qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash, finishing his heat with a time of 11.22, which was good for seventh place.
On the women’s side, freshman Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) and senior Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) led the way for the Green & White.
Grinkley competed in two events, earning a fifth-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 32-8.50. She also qualified for the 100-meter dash finals, earning the sixth-fastest time with a 13.16.
Frazier made the most of her only event of the day, capturing her first-collegiate medal in the javelin. The freshman posted a throw of 118-00, which was good for third place.
Like Frazier, Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) competed in just one event on day one, but used that opportunity to qualify for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Borsch turned in the fourth-fastest time in the event, finishing with a 16.37.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, April 30, as they will compete in day two of the PAC Championships. Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m., with the track events scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start.