Feb. 8 – ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Bison Track & Field program received solid individual efforts at the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted by the University of Mount Union on Saturday.
On the women’s side, the standouts included Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton). Jackson-McBride had arguably the best day, as she finished second in a field of 40 competitors in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.03, just missing first place by .02 seconds. Adding to that feat, she grabbed a third-place finish in the 400 meter dash (1:01.99).
Prato also had an excellent showing, grabbing fourth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.27 and fifth place in the 200 meter dash (27.77). Grinkley was able to show off her ability, placing fifth in the 60 meter dash (8.296), while also grabbing an eight-place finish in the long jump (14’11 ½”).
Others that had notable finishes were Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home). Goolsby grabbed a sixth-place spot in the 60 meter dash (8.299), while Rao was eighth in the 200 meter dash (27.97).
On the men’s side, the big winners were Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), and Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville). Moore was his usual self, finishing second place in a field of 18 competitors in the long jump (21’10 ¾”). He also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 44’.
Minger continued to display his dominance, winning the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.02. This marks the second straight meet where he has taken top honors in the event. He also added a fifth-place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.43).
Butler and Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) rounded out the top performances on the day for the Bison. Butler had a seventh-place finish in a field of 26 in the 60 meter dash (7.39), while finishing 10th out of 28 in the 200 meter dash (23.83). Burns grabbed a fifth-place spot in the 60 meter dash (7.22).
The squad will hit the track next on Friday, Feb. 14, when they travel to Berea, Ohio for the Baldwin Wallace Invitational. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.