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Bison Men Take 3rd, Women’s Relay Qualifies for ECACs at W&J Invitational

March 30 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College men’s track and field team collected four first place finishes on its way to finishing third at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational Saturday, while the Bison women had a relay qualify for ECAC Championships to highlight their day.

Sparked by their four first places, the Bethany men finished with 89 points to take third place out of 15 teams, finishing behind only Penn State Behrend (161.50) and Division II California (107). The BC women had an overall strong day as well, totaling 57 points to come in sixth place.

7170Gregg13.jpg On the men’s side, junior Ben Gregg (right - Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) had the most impressive day. He took first place in the javelin with a winning throw of 191 feet, which was nearly 14 feet ahead of the runner-up. It also easily qualified him for ECAC Championships in May and will likely have him ranked in the top 25 in the country this week.

Another field athlete who has a chance to be ranked in the country is freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) in the triple jump. He took first place Saturday with a measurement of 43-11.75, which was 10 inches better than the second place finisher. Moore had another top finish in the long jump, as he was second with a best effort of 21-10.

Freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) had a hand in both of Bethany’s two other first place performances. First, he won the 400 by more than a half-second by breaking the tape in 50.71 seconds. In the final event of the meet, he led off for the 4x400 relay team that included sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), sophomore Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and the foursome crossed in 3:24.06, which was good enough for first place in the meet, but just .06 off the qualifying mark for ECACs.

7536Prato12.jpg The majority of the women’s points came in the sprints. Junior Paige Prato (right - Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), last year’s PAC champion in the 100, is looking like a top threat again after winning the 100 Saturday with a finals time of 12.99 seconds. Taking third place in the same race was freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) with a time of 13.30. Another freshman in Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) sprinted to a second place showing in the 200 with an impressive time of 26.86 and took sixth in the 400 (1:02.71).

Prato and Goolsby were also on the women’s 4x100 relay team that included freshmen Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) and Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and the squad earned second place on Saturday by clocking in with a time of 50.83 seconds. That time slid them under the ECAC qualifying standard by .17 seconds.

The field event performances were highlighted by Grinkley earning third place in the triple jump with a top mark of 30-5.

Bethany will not have to travel for its next meet, as the program will host the Bison Invitational next Saturday. Throwing events will begin at 10 a.m. and the running events start at noon.