April 26 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Highlighted by Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), the Bethany College track & field teams performed well on the final day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Westminster College on Saturday. The women finished sixth scoring 48.50 points, while the men notched an eighth-place finish logging 58 points.
On the women’s side, the big winners of day two were Prato and Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac). Prato had arguably the best day of any Bison, as she finished first in the 100 meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash. In the 100, she was able to break her own school record with a time of 12.45. The 200 saw her also set a new Bison record, as she ran a 25.59. The previous record was held by Jodi Bodo, who ran a time of 25.89 in 2010. In addition to the individual achievements, she was also a member of the winning 4x100 meter relay team (49.84). Her performance in the 200 also qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships held in May.
Jackson-McBride was also very active, running a leg on the 4x100 team, while also placing fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.08. She was also part of the fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team and finished eighth in the 200 meter dash (26.63).
Others who scored for the Bison were Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home). Goolsby was a member of the 4x100 relay team, while also finishing fifth in the 100 meter dash (12.85). Rao notched a fifth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.43 meters.
Moore and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) provided the excitement on the men’s side for the day. Moore was able to take first place in the long jump with a leap of 7.08 meters, while also running a leg on the 4x100 relay team.
Minger finished fourth in both the 400 (49.55) and in the 200 (23.55). He also was on the third place 4x400 meter relay team (3:27.25). Others that were on the team included Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Wesley Scott (Kingwood, W.Va./Preston).
Other point scorers were Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance), Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) and Georgio Cineus (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern). Handy finished third in the 400 meter hurdles (57.48) and sixth in the high jump (1.78 meters). Williams notched an eight-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.16), while Cineus placed eighth in the 100 meter dash.
The Bison will hit the track next on Friday, May 2, when they travel to Grove City for the Last Chance Meet.