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Bison Relay Teams Highlight Bethany Invitational

April 5 – BETHANY, W.Va. – Led by the relay teams, who took three-of-four events, the Bison track & field programs performed well as they hosted the Bethany Invitational on Saturday.

On the men’s side the Bison were led by Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Umar Moore Coraopolis, Pa./Moon). Minger had arguably the best day of any Bison, as he finished first in the 400 meter dash (50.52) and was also a member of the victorious 4x400 meter relay team (3:27.57).

Butler was a model of consistency for Bethany, as he placed in the top five in both the 200 meter dash (23.04) and 400 meter dash (51.96), while also running legs on the winning 4x100 meter relay (43.43) and the 4x400 meter teams.

Moore once again was a force in the jump events, as he notched a second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 45’ 3 ¾” and a third-place spot in the long jump (20’ 3 ¾”). He also ran a leg on the 4x100 team.

Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid), Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) and Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) also made their mark on the meet. Williams finished fifth in both the 400 meter hurdles (1:06.49) and 110 meter hurdles (16.57). Burns, who also ran a leg on the 4x100 team, finished fifth in the 100 meter dash (11.50). Handy ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team and notched a third-place spot in the 400 meter hurdles (59.78).

Wesley Scott (Kingwood, W.Va./Preston) also was a member of the 4x400 squad, while Georgio Cineus (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) ran a leg on the 4x100 team.  

The Bison women were led by Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) and Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes).

Jackson-McBride showed off her skills, winning the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.51 and helping the 4x100 relay team (49.83) notch a first-place victory. She also registered a fifth-place spot in the 200 meter dash (27.07).

Grinkley made her mark on the meet, placing in the top five in three different events, while also running a leg on the 4x100 relay team. She finished third in both the long jump (15’ 6 ¾”) and triple jump (30’ 8 ½”). Grinkley also grabbed a fourth-place finish in the 100 meter dash (13.28).

Prato was solid on the day, running a leg on the 4x100 team, while also placing second in the 100 meter (12.81) and third in the 200 meter dash (26.73).

Others with notable finishes were Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville). Goolsby was a member of the 4x100 relay squad and also notched a fourth-place finish in the 200 meter dash (26.75). Rao finished fifth in the 100 meter dash (13.34), while Bosworth tallied a fifth-place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 12:50.46.

The Bison compete next on Saturday, April 12, when they travel to New Wilmington, Pa., for the Westminster Invitational. Festivities are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.