April 25 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Led by top performances from senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), the Bison track and field programs performed well in the first day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championships hosted by Westminster College on Friday.
On the women’s side, Prato turned in the team’s top performance, as she qualified first in the 100 meter dash, posting a time of 12.70. The reining indoor, 60-meter champion, Prato finished .01 seconds ahead of the second-place qualifier, Westminster’s Haley Gabor. Sophomore Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) also qualified for the 100 meter finals, qualifying fourth with a time of 12.88.
Junior Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) scored the first points of the meet for the Bison, as she recorded three points, finishing sixth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 42:50.53. Sophomore Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) also competed in day one, finishing 11th in the triple jump with a distance of 30’ 3 1/2”.
On the men’s side, Moore led the way with the team’s top finish, collecting six points in the triple jump with a third-place finish. Moore, the indoor triple jump champion, finished the day with a leap of 45’ 3 1/2”. Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) also collected points for the Bison on day one, notching a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meter run with a total time of 33:19.07.
The men also had two athletes qualify for the finals in their respective events as Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) and Georgio Cineus (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) each posted top-eight qualifying times. Williams, the PAC’s indoor 60 meter hurdle champion, notched the sixth-best time in the 110 meter hurdles (16.72), while Cineus qualified fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.24 seconds.
Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and Shawn Burns (Weirton, W. Va./Weir) also competed in the 100 meter dash, finishing with times of 11.50 and 11.71, respectively. Two Bison also competed in the javelin, as Kody Niedzwiecki (Ohioville, Pa./Western Beaver) finished 14th with a distance of 133’ 11”, and Khalid Conteh (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) posted a distance of 82’ 2”.
The Bison will be back in action tomorrow as they compete in the second day of the PAC Championships. The running events will get underway with the men’s and women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Day two action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.