Jan. 16 – WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Bethany College track & field teams opened the 2016 portion of their schedule by competing at the Otterbein Invitational on Saturday. The Bison men earned a third-place finish, while the women finished ninth.
On the day, the Bison saw a pair of records fall, as both Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) etched their names into the Bethany record books.
Butler started the day in the 60-meter dash prelims, earning a spot in the finals by posting a time of 7.07. That time not only qualified him for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, but also broke the previous record held by Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and Shawn Burns (7.12).
Butler then posted a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter finals, notching a time of 7.11, earning the Bison’s first points of the day.
Borsch earned the first Bethany record of her career in her first race of the season. Like Butler, Borsch earned her record in the qualifying heat of the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 9.83, breaking Desiree Finley’s 2010 record of 10.00. She then notched a fourth-place finish in the finals, running a 9.84.
On the men’s side, Butler competed well, adding two-more top-five finishes. He and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) helped the Bison control the 200-meter dash as the pair finished one, two in the race. Minger won the event with a time of 22.81, while Butler finished just .01 seconds behind with a 22.82.
Minger and Butler each also competed in the high jump, with Minger finishing third and Butler fourth. Each athlete posted a 6’0 jump. Minger also added a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (51.27).
The duo completed a solid day by helping the 4x400-meter relay team place second with a time of 3:28.47. Other athletes that ran for the team included Nate Cumberworth (Jewett, Ohio/Harrison Central) and Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills).
Moore earned his first win of the 2015-16 season, placing first in the triple jump by posting a jump of 45’ 4.50”, qualifying him for the ECAC Championships. He also added a third-place mark in the long jump (21-8).
Other top-ten finishers for the Bison included Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) and Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the mile run. Donnelly posted a time of 4:39.41, while Castro completed the race in 4:40.81.
Ed Maxwell (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) added a sixth-place mark in the 60-meter hurdles (9.09), while Murray finished seventh in the 800-meter run in his first-career race (2:07.43). Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville) also notched a 10th-place mark in the 60-meter dash (7.25), all of which added up to the Bison earning a third-place finish with 72 total points.
On the women’s side, Borsch and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) led the way for the Bison, as the Green & White earned a ninth-place finish.
Grinkley did it all for the Bison, notching three top-ten finishes. She captured a sixth-place mark in the 60-meter dash (8.35), an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (28.37), and a ninth-place mark in the long jump (15-11).
Along with Borsch’s fourth-place finish, the Bison added four additional top-ten finishes. Both Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Leighanna Frantz (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) added points in the high jump, with Frantz finishing fifth (4-9), and Rao, seventh (4-5). Rao also added an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (8.41).
Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity) also posted a top-ten mark, adding a tenth-place finish in her first-career race in the 800-meter run (2:46.31).
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, January 23, as they travel to compete in the Denison Lid-Lifter Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.