Feb. 20 – BETHANY, W. Va. - The Bethany College indoor track & field teams competed at the Kenyon College Classic on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) broke a school record in the meet, while the men’s team also sent athletes to the Kent State Tune Up before the upcoming Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships.
Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) participated in the Kent State Tune Up for the Bison.
Butler ran to a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.25. Moore earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 22-4.25, while also placing 27th in the 200-meter dash (23.11). Minger finished 14th overall in the 400-meter dash (49.64).
Several other members of the men’s team competed in the Kenyon College Classic. Overall, the men finished sixth place in the event with 49 total points.
The 4X400 Relay team of Khallid Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills), Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills), Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), and Jelani Williams (Jersey City, N.J./Ferris) raced to a first-place finish with a final time of 3:33.65.
Many of the relay members impressed in individual events as well. Murray collected a third-place finish in the 800m (2:05.53) while Davis ran to eighth place (2:06.47). Young turned in a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash (52.86).
Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville) earned seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.28) to go along with 13th place in the 200-meter dash (24.04).
Jalen Holmes (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and Wysme Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale) were both solid in the 60-meter dash, placing 13th (7.47) and 15th (7.49), respectively.
Freshman long-distance runner Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) cruised to third place overall in the one-mile run as he finished in 4:37.31.
Several Bison also performed well in the shot put. Justin Hart (Blanchester, Ohio/Fayetteville-Perry) led the way with a fourth-place finish (12.3m), while Jordan Hunkins (Zanesville, Ohio/West Muskingum) and Matt Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) finished after one another in seventh (11.34m) and eighth (11.16m).
The women’s team finished seventh at the Kenyon College Classic with 38 points.
Ashley Borsch turned in a record-breaking performance in the 60-meter hurdles as she rewrote the previous record (9.83) twice. Borsch broke her own mark with a time of 9.78 in the preliminaries before finishing third overall in the finals with a Bethany record, 9.74. She then sprinted to a ninth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.89).
Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) impressed in several events. The senior placed fourth in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash before earning fourth in the finals (8.28). Grinkley also earned eighth in the long jump (4.49m) and tenth in the 200-meter dash (28.43).
Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) raced to fifth overall in the prelims of the 60-meter dash before placing fifth in the finals (8.33). Goolsby then earned 12th in the 200-meter dash (28.52).
Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) finished second overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.73.
Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W. Va./Hedgesville) and Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) both picked up top-six finishes as Martz was sixth in the one-mile run (6:01.87) and Steich earned fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:05.75).
In the 800-meter run, Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) placed 14th (2:37.29) while Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity) finished a step behind her in 15th (2:39.04).
The Bethany track & field teams will be back in action on Thursday, February 25 when they compete in the PAC Championships hosted by Youngstown State University at 4 p.m.