April 16 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany Track & Field teams performed well on Wednesday, as they hosted the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Quad South Meet. The men finished second with 130 points, while the women were able to notch 75 points en route to a third-place finish.
On the men’s side the big winners were Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), Nick Sainvilier (Washington, D.C./The Heights School) and Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance). Moore was once again a dominating presence, as he took first place in the triple jump (13.77 meters) and second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.16. He also ran a leg on the second place 4x100 meter relay team (43.12).
Sainvilier also flashed his ability, grabbing a second-place finish in the triple jump (13.27 meters) and a third-place spot in the long jump (6.09 meters).
Handy showed his versatility, placing second in both the high jump (1.73 meters) and the 400 meter hurdles (57.84).
Others that had notable performances were Jamar Prewitt (Ewing, N.J./Ewing), Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) and Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills). Prewitt took first place in the pole vault, as he cleared 2.95 meters. Burns, who also ran a leg on the 4x100 squad, notched a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.23), while Donnelly finished third in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:52.69.
The women were led by Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home), Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton). Rao had a great day, placing second in the 100 meter dash (13.35) and fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.74. She was also a member of the victorious 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relay squads. The 4x100 meter relay team that consisted of Grinkley, Jackson-McBride, Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), also set a new meet record with a time of 49.36.
McBride, who also ran legs on both relay teams, individually notched a third-place finish in the 200 meter with a time of 27.49. Grinkley capped off her day, grabbing second in the triple jump (9.96 meters) and running a leg on the victorious 4x100 team.
Others who performed well included Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), Megan Butler (Harrisburg, Pa./Commonwealth Connections), Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and Jess Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon). Steich, who was a member of the 4x400 team, finished fourth in the 100 (13.82) and sixth in the 200 (28.90). Butler finished second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:05.61, while also running a leg on the 4x400 squad. Petrone chipped in a second-place finish in the 5,000 meter run (20:52.97), while Olsen was third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:37.37.
The Bison will compete next on Thursday, April 17, as they travel to Slippery Rock University for the Slippery Rock Open Meet. Field events are to being at noon.