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Bethany Wins Three Events at Kenyon Classic

Feb. 16 - GAMBIER, Ohio – The Bethany College indoor track and field teams won three events, including two on the men’s side and one women’s race, during Saturday’s Kenyon Classic.

Led by their two winning performance, the Bison men scored 47 points and placed sixth out of eight teams. Bethany’s women finished with 14 points and finished in eighth place.

7768James10.jpg Freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) both took first place in an event and led a relay to a runner-up placement. Minger came across first in the 400 with a time of 52.17, more than a half-second ahead of the runner-up. James (right) was victorious in the 800, breaking the tape in 1:58.67, nearly two seconds faster than the second-place runner.

With Minger, who also placed fifth in the high jump (1.73 meters), and James running the back two legs and junior Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) handling the first two legs, the Bison 4x400 relay posted a time of 3:30.02 to place second behind Ohio Wesleyan in a tightly contested race.

Bethany’s sprinters brought in the rest of the team’s points. Freshman Matt Brower (Washington, Pa.) and Pinchom took sixth (7.30) and seventh (7.37), respectively, in the 60 and Pinchom added a fourth place performance in the 200 (23.22). In the 60 hurdles, sophomore Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) advanced to the finals and placed sixth in a time of 9.28 seconds.

The women’s points all came from the sprints, which included three placing in the top five in the 60. Freshman Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) ran the fastest time in the preliminaries and defended her top seed by winning the event with a finals time of 8.31 seconds. Freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) was right on her heels with a third place time of 8.33 and junior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) placed fifth overall (8.40).

Completing the scoring was sophomore Megan Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y./Homeschool), who earned sixth place in the 200 with a time of 28.04.

The meet was the final tune-up before Bethany competes in the 2013 PAC Indoor Challenge. This will be the first year that conference schools have met in this type of event, which will be Thursday, Feb. 21st at Youngstown State University.