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Bethany Turns In Impressive Displays at PAC South Quad Meet
April 17 -BETHANY, W.Va. – There was one school record broken and a host of other performances that qualified individuals and relays for ECAC Championships next month by the Bethany College track and field teams Wednesday afternoon at the PAC South Quad Meet held at Bison Stadium.
The BC men scored 163 points to finish behind only Waynesburg (179) out of the four-team meet. Bethany’s women were third overall with 106 points.
It was the Bison women who had the biggest highlight of the meet, as the team of freshman Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), freshman Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) and junior Paige Prato (right - Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) took first place in the 4x100 relay. Their time of 49.61 seconds erased more than a half-second off the previous Bethany record of 50.20 set last year.
The other first place points picked up by the BC women was in the 800, where sophomore Jess Olson (Moon, Pa.) won the event with a time of 2:37.09. Freshman Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./GHCHS) placed third in the 800 as well.
The relay was the start of a good day for Prato, who took second and qualified for ECACs in the 100 (12.78) and took second in the 200 (26.70). Goolsby would also finish third in the 100 (13.00), while in the 400, junior Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) was second and freshman Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) placed third.
In the field events, freshman Courtney Taylor (Williamstown, W.Va.) grabbed second place in the shot put with a best mark of 33-9.5.
The men’s side was filled with exciting races all day and was capped by a thriller at the very end. The men’s 4x400 relay came down to the last 100 meters and Bison junior Arkangelo James (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) sprinted the Green and White to victory. The team of sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), sophomore Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and James registered a time of 3:21.02 to qualify for ECAC Championships and come in less than a half-second away from the school record that has stood since 1994 (3:20.64).
Bethany compiled four other event victories Wednesday afternoon, including two from freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) in the jumps. He earned a spot at ECACs in the long jump by measuring out at 22-4.25 with his best jump and also won the triple jump with an effort of 45-5. The other wins came on the track, as Minger took first in the 400 in 50.01 seconds to clinch a berth at the ECAC meet and sophomore Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) won the 110 hurdles in 16.74 seconds.
The Bison recorded a good amount of runner-up finishes as well, beginning in the sprints with senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) placing second in the 200 (22.74) and Tolliver coming in behind Minger at 50.91 in the 400. James earned second in a tightly-packed 800 with a time of 1:54.12, while sophomore Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio) was second in the 400 hurdles (1:01.18) and the 4x100 relay of sophomore Sean Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir), Moore, Pinchom and Thompson posted a runner-up time of 42.75.
Back in the field events, Minger (right) cleared 5-8 in the high jump to earn second place and senior Seth Myers (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) threw 137-6 in the discus for a second place points.
The meet was the final prep for the Bison for the 2013 PAC Championships, which will be April 26-27 at Washington & Jefferson.