May 14 – SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Led by performances from the men’s and women’s 4x100-relay teams, the Bethany College track teams competed in the second day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Springfield College.
The men’s 4x100 team, consisting of Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County), Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), bettered their Bethany school record, finishing third place at the ECAC Championships with a time of 41.75. The time marked the first time in program history that a team has posted a sub-42 second time in the 4x100 relay.
On the women’s side, the 4x100 team of Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) came into the Championships with the third fastest qualifying time. The time held true as the Green & White finished third out of 27 teams with a time of 48.04.
Individually, five different Bison competed on the day, including Jackson-McBride and Minger who each participated in two individual events. Both athletes raced in the 200 and 400-meter dashes.
Minger first notched a top-ten finish in the 400-meter dash, completing the race with a time of 48.23. He then competed in the 200-meter race, finishing 12th out of 35 competitors with a mark of 22.42. Jackson-McBride also competed in both events, re-breaking her own school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.45. She then placed 14th in the 400-meter race, finishing with a time of 58.19.
Along with running a leg in the 4x100-meter relay, Moore competed in the long jump. He notched a top-five finish, capturing fifth place with a distance of 23-05.25.
Other individual performances included Martin’s 11th-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.67). Shae Long (Steubenville, Ohio/East Liverpool) also competed in his first ECAC Outdoor Championships, posting an 18th-place mark in the high jump (6-02.00).