April 12- NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany track & field teams received solid performances at the Westminster Invitational on Saturday. The women, who notched 32 points, finished seventh out of 16 teams, while the men, who scored 54 points, were fifth in a field of 13 squads.
On the women’s side the top performers included Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton). Prato was her usual self, finishing fourth in the 200 meter dash (26.55) and fifth in the 100 meter dash (13.11). She was also a member of the winning 4x100 relay team that notched a time of 49.49.
Jackson-McBride, who was also a member of the 4x100 team, grabbed a sixth-place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.50.
Grinkley had a successful day, running a leg on the 4x100 team and placing fifth in the long jump (4.78 meters).
Another point scorer for the women was Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), who finished sixth in the 100 with a time of 13.13 and also ran a leg on the 4x100 team.
On the men’s side the standouts were Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) and Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir). Moore had arguably the best day of any Bison, as he won the long jump with a leap of 7.16 meters. The jump now ranks as the fourth best in the country to date. Moore also displayed his speed, finishing third in the 200 meter dash (23.06) and ran a leg on the fourth place 4x100 meter relay team (45.20).
Burns was able to do well in sprints, finishing fifth in the 100 (11.53) and sixth in the 200 (23.58). He also was a member of the 4x100 team.
Handy put his versatility on display, finishing fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (57.68) and eighth in the high jump (1.73 meters).
Others who scored points included Nick Sainvilier (Washington, D.C./The Heights School), Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid), Wesley Scott (Kingwood, W.Va./Preston) and Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills). Sainvilier notched a third-place finish in the triple jump (12.35 meters), while Williams finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (16.60). Scott finished sixth in the 800 meter run (2:02.67) and Donnelly chipped in a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:43.35.
The Bison compete next on Wednesday, April 16, when they host the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Quad South Invitational. Festivities are slated to begin at 4:00 p.m.