April 2 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College track & field teams hosted their annual Bethany College Invitational at Bison Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bison men’s team posted 166.33 points en route to their first invitational victory, while the women earned a third-place finish with 102 points.
On the men’s side, the Bison received top performances from a number of athletes, including 13 top-three finishes and nine victories.
The men impressed in the relay events, taking victories in both the 4x100 and the 4x400. The team of Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) tallied the win in the 4x1, finishing the race with a meet-record time of 42.15. It also marked the fastest 4x1 time ever ran at Bison Stadium.
Minger and Butler then teamed with Khallid Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) and Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) in the 4x400 relay, capturing first plalce by a wide margin. The quartet posted a meet-record mark of 3:24.20.
Along with their relay performances, Minger and Butler impressed in individual events. The duo finished one-two in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Butler edged Minger in the 200, taking first place with a time of 22.17. Minger finished just behind with a 22.47.
Other top finishers in the 200 included Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville) in fifth (22.59) and Young in seventh with a time of 23.05.
In the 400, Minger earned the win, crossing the finish line with a time of 49.62. Butler finished second in the race, coming in just behind the senior with a 50.03.
Other winners on the day for the Green & White included Moore, Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch), Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) and Davis.
To go along with his win in the 4x100, Moore was up to his old tricks, taking both the long jump and triple jump events. The three-time All-American posted a mark of 22-05.75 in the long jump, before capturing first in the triple with a distance of 46-00.50.
The Bison made their presence known in the distance events, taking wins in three-different races. Bierhals tallied his second collegiate win, crossing the line first in the 1,500 (4:22.24). Donnelly raced to a victory in the 5,000-meter run (15:52.59) while finishing third in the 1,500 (4:25.78). Davis, meanwhile, made his mark on the 800, posting first with a 2:03.11.
Along with Moore, other point scorers in the field events included Aaron Frye (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area), Justin Hart (Blanchester, Ohio/Fayetteville-Perry) and Matt Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). Frye tied for second in the high jump (5-09.75) while also placing second in the long jump with a mark of 21-01.50. Dunn took home sixth in the discus (121-08) while Hart finished eighth in the shot put (40-04.25).
On the women’s side, Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) earned the lone individual victory for the Bison, taking home top honors in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.52. She also helped Bethany to two second-place scores, running a leg on the 4x100 relay team (50.04) while also finishing second in the 400 (1:01.18).
Other runners on the second-place 4x1 team included Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington). Individually, Borsch also added two other second-place finishes, pulling in eight points in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.08) and the 400 hurdles (1:12.95).
Grinkley showed off her versatility on the day, finishing fifth in the 100-meter dash (13.19) while taking fourth in the long jump (16-04.25) and sixth in the triple (31-08.50).
Both freshmen Leighanna Frantz (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) and Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) made their marks in field events. Frantz, a Second-Team All-PAC honoree during indoor season, finished second in the high jump (4-09.75). Frazier tallied a second-place mark in the shot put (35-06.50), third in the javelin (113-08) and seventh in the discus (78-09), totaling 16 points on the day.
Other athletes that helped the Green & White to their third-place finish included Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville). Steich notched a seventh-place mark in the 200-meter dash while also placing fifth in the 400 (1:06.61).
Martz totaled two fifth-place finishes in distance events. She finished the 1,500 with a time of 5:23.98, while completing the 5,000 in 20:09.41.
The Bison track & field teams will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 as they travel to Alliance, Ohio to compete in the John Homan Open, hosted by the University of Mount Union.