April 4 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bison track & field teams hosted six other programs for the Bethany College Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium. The Green & White posted 11 first-place finishes, including six from the women and five on the men’s side.
On the women’s side, junior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) picked up a first-place performance, winning the 400-meter dash by setting a meet record with a 59.65. She beat all athletes in the race by nearly three seconds, which included runners from Division III and Division II institutions. Along with her first-place mark in the 400, Jackson-McBride also picked up a second-place finish in the 200 (26.07), and also helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a third-place mark (4:23.57).
Other individual winners on the day included Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home). Borsch took home first place in the 100-meter hurdles, winning both the prelims and the final round. Borsch notched a 16.43 in the preliminaries, before posting a 16.14 in the finals. Petrone took home the victory in the 5k (20:38.93) while Rao placed first in the high jump, finishing with a height of 4’ 9 ¾”.
Along with her individual performance, Rao also helped the women’s 4x100 relay team to a first-place finish (51.50). The relay team also included Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Megan Butler (Harrisburg, Pa./Commonwealth Connections). Individually, Goolsby grabbed a top-three finish in the 100-meter dash, finishing third with a time of 13.05.
The Green & White swept the top three finishes in the 5k as Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville) and Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) joined Petrone in the race by taking second and third, respectively. All three runners finished within three seconds of each other as Martz posted a 20:40.68 and Ross, a 20:41.91.
On the men’s side, the Bison collected five individual victories, which included two from junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon). The two-time All-American swept his field events, taking first in both the long jump (22’ 3 ½”) and the triple jump (44’ 11 ¾”).
Moore also helped the 4x100 relay team to a second-place finish, posting a time of 43.12, which met the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship qualifying standard. Other members of the relay team included Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir), Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local).
Along with the relay performance, Minger also placed well individually, grabbing a first-place finish in the 400 meter, setting a Bison Stadium record of 49.36 in the process. He also tallied a second-place mark in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.49.
Freshman Shae Long (Steubenville, Ohio/East Liverpool) notched a win in the high jump (6’ 0”), while Thompson, Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) and Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) secured top-five finishes. Thompson scored a fifth-place mark in the 100-meter dash finals (11.48), while Bierhals came in fifth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:23.33. Handy also posted a fifth-place mark with a 58.77 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, April 11 when they travel to New Wilmington, Pa. to compete in the Westminster Invitational.