April 24 - GROVE CITY, Pa. - Led by a second-place finish in the triple jump from Bethany junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), the Bison men's and women's track teams competed in the opening day of the PAC Championships on Friday.
On the men's side, both Moore and sophomore Bobby Bush (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) captured points in field events for the Green & White. Moore led the way with a second-place finish in the triple jump, posting a distance of 43-01.00 to snagg eight points for the Bison. Bush, meanwhile, tallied an eighth-place mark in the discus, grabbing a best mark of 118-08 to pick up one point.
During the day, the Bison also saw two men earn spots in the Championship final in their respecitve races as both Ed Maxwell (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) earned a top-eight finish in preliminary races. Maxwell will get to take a shot at his first PAC title as he raced to a fourth-place finsih in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles, grabbing a time of 16.50. Butler also performed well in the 100-meter dash, captruing the eighth and final spot to qualify for finals in the event with a time of 11.31.
On the women's side, Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) posted three points for the Green & White in the triple jump, posting a mark of 32-05.75. Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) also tallied a point for the Bison, placing eighth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 43:34.55.
In the preliminary heats, the Bison turned some heads in the 100-meter dash, as three Bison ran their way into the the 100-meter finals tomorrow. Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) came just .01 second from earning the top spot in the prelims, posting a time of 12.73 for second place. Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) raced to a third-place mark (13.06), while Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) came in eighth with a time of 13.18.
The second and final day of the PAC Outdoor Championships will begin tomorrow with field events starting at 11 a.m. The track events will follow one hour later with a 12:00 p.m. start time.