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Bison Score Well at First PAC Indoor Invitational

Feb. 21 - YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Both Bethany College indoor track and field teams finished in the top half of the final points standings at the first-ever PAC Indoor Invitational Thursday night, which was held at Youngstown State University.

7144Moore12.jpg The Bison men’s team scored 94 points to placed third out of the seven schools, behind only Thomas More (134) and Waynesburg (110). Bethany’s women totaled 44 points to earn fourth out of eight schools to trail Westminster (153), Waynesburg (139) and Washington & Jefferson (110).

Bethany’s men claimed first place in four events, including two on the track and two in the field. The two field wins came in the jumps, where freshman Umar Moore (right - Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) swept the long and triple jumps. His winning measurement of 43 feet, 10 inches in the triple was more than two feet in front of the runner up. His victory in the long jump was nearly as impressive, as Moore jumped 21-10 to take first by more than eight inches.

7768James10.jpg On the track, junior Arkangelo James (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was the winner in the 800. He battled Justin Angotti from Waynesburg from start to finish, but James broke the tape in 1:57.71 to edge out Angotti by less than second. Bethany and Waynesburg also locked up in a classic 4x400 relay race, but in the end, it was BC claiming the win with a time of 3:27.59, also less than a second in front of the Yellow Jackets.

The Bison scored well in the sprints and hurdles throughout the night. In the 400, freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) took second with a time of 51.07 and sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio) placed fourth in 52.39. In the 60 hurdles, sophomore Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) grabbed second place in 9.01 seconds and was followed in third by junior Zac Everhart (Gerrardstown, W.Va./Mussleman) in 9.23 seconds. And in the 200, senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) was fourth with a time of 22.99, with Moore coming in fifth place (23.20).

In the distance events, freshman Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) came up with a big effort in the 5K, earning third place by finishing in a time of 16:36.55.

Much of the scoring done on the women’s side was recorded in the sprint events. Bethany sent three to the finals in the 60 and freshman Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) took fourth (8.21), freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) was fifth (8.31) and junior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) placed sixth (8.32).

9130Jackson-McBride12.jpg In the 200, freshman Maria Jackson-McBride (right - Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) ran to a third place finish with a time of 27.18 and junior Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated) placed seventh in the 400 (1:07.27). Both of BC’s relays also picked up big points, led by the 4x400, which was second overall in a time of 4:17.73. The Distance Medley team scored fifth place points as well.

Rounding out the top scorers for the Green and White were a pair of distance runners and one jumper. After scoring in the 60, Grinkley also took fifth place in the long jump with an effort of 15-2.75. And the women’s 5K saw two runners place, including freshman Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio), who took sixth place (20:45.50) and sophomore Jess Olson (Moon, Pa.), who came in seventh place (21:00.68).

Now with the indoor season complete, the Bison will begin training for the start of the outdoor season. Right now, the Bison will compete in their initial outdoor invitational of the season March 30th at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.