April 16 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College track and field teams competed in the Westminster Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team finished fifth overall, led by the first place, and school record, finish from Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), Khallid Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills), and Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanlua) in the 4X400-meter relay.
The men’s team totaled 52 points on the day to collect the fifth-place finish. The women’s team earned 15th with 9 points in the meet.
Minger, Butler, Young, and Davis earned 10 points for the Bison, posting a final time of 3:19.11 in the 4X400 relay. The time shattered the previous Bethany school record of 3:20.64 held by Frankie Taal, Richie Beckett, Brian Dickman and Terry Jackson. The mark, which broke the 22-year old record, also currently ranks the quartet 19th in all of Division III.
In the 400-meter dash, three of the four 4X400 relay members collected a top-ten finish. Minger won the event at 48.64, Butler placed fourth (48.83), and Young earned ninth (50.38).
All three runners also had success in the 200-meter dash with Butler taking home third at 22.11. Minger was close behind in sixth place (22.37), while Young placed 14th (22.65).
Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) won the men’s long jump, earning 10 points for the Green & White with a final distance of 6.95m.
Moore, along with Minger, Butler, and Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville), then picked up eight points by finishing second in the men’s 4x100-meter relay (42.17).
Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) led the long-distance runners with an eighth-place finish in the 5000-meter run (16:11.76). Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) was impressive in the 1500-meter run, placing 11th with a time of 4:13.34.
Ed Maxwell (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) both earned top-ten finishes as well. Maxwell finished ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (59.20) and Murray placed 10th in the 800-meter run (1:58.79).
Other top performers included Matt Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who collected 12th in the discus throw (38.75m), and Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle), as he amassed an 11th-place finish in the high jump (1.84m).
On the women’s side, Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va,/West Potomac) and Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) led the Bison with multiple top-ten finishes.
Frazier dominated in two field events, earning fourth in the javelin throw (34.28m) and ninth in the shot put (10.77m).
Jackson-McBride sprinted to a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash (59.86). She also teamed up with Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./Hagerstown), and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) to notch seventh overall in the 4X100 relay.
In the 5000-meter run, Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) and Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W. Va./Hedgesville) both had strong performances. Ross finished 12th overall (2:05.71), while Martz earned 14th (2:07.65).
Bethany track & field will return to action when they host the Presidents’ Athletic Conference South Quad Meet on Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.