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Bethany Track & Field Posts Record Setting Performances at Spire Midwest Open 

Jan. 30 – GENEVA, Ohio – The Bethany College track & field teams participated in the Spire Midwest Open on Saturday. The Bison men’s team set four records during the competition, including two each by junior Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) and senior Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local).

Donnelly bested two records that he had previously set in 2014. The junior finished the one-mile run with a final time of 4:36.30, after setting the record at 4:37.20 a year ago. He also beat his time (9:14.30) in the 3000-meter run after crossing the line at 9:11.38.

In the men’s 200-yard dash, both Minger and Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) beat Minger’s 2014 record of 22.54. Minger earned sixth place in the event with a time of 22.16 to set the new Bethany record, while Butler (22.30) was nearly step-for-step with his teammate as he ran to seventh overall. 

Then, the two teamed up, along with Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua) and Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills), to set the 4X400-meter relay record. The squad put together an overall time of 3:25.27, defeating the 2015 record held by Minger, Butler, Cam Hill and Anthony Thompson (3:26.29), while earning seventh place in the meet.

Butler also ran to a seventh place finish in the 60-meter dash, posting a time of 7.10 in the finals. Murray impressed in the 800-meter run, placing 22nd with a final time of 2:01.68.

For the women, Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) performed well in both the 200 and 400-meter dash. The senior finished 17th overall in the 400-meter dash (1:00.34), while turning in a time of 26.89 in the 200-meter dash for 29th overall.

Sophomore Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) collected a 17th-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.86).

Seniors Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D Hylton) were solid in the 60-meter dash, finishing 24th (8.26) and 25th (8.27), respectively.

The Bison track & field program will return to action on Saturday, February 6 at the Jim Wuske Invite held at Mount Union, starting at 10 a.m.