April 20 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College track and field programs hosted the PAC South Quad Meet on Wednesday afternoon at Bison Stadium. Both the men’s and women’s team tallied a third-place finish out of six teams, with the men posting 111 points, and the women, 62.
On the men’s side, the Green & White finished the day with 111 points, finishing just behind second-place West Liberty University. Senior Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) led the way for the Bison, notching two of the three individual victories on the day.
Minger scored a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash (11.11), before setting a new meet record in the 200-meter dash with a final time of 22.11. His mark broke his old record of 22.17, which he set last season.
The Bison collected a large portion of their points in the field events, which included a victory by Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale) in the long jump. The senior won his first collegiate event, posting a best distance of 21’ 7 ¼”.
Matt Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) performed well on the day, tallying a second-place mark in the discus (126’ 3”), while also totaling a fifth-place finish in the javelin (131’ 2”). Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) also scored a top-three mark, finishing third in the high jump (5’ 10”).
Other top-five finishes in field events were achieved by Justin Hart (Blanchester, Ohio/Fayetteville-Perry), Jordan Hunkins (Zanesville, Ohio/West Muskingum) and Lance Johnson (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny). Hart (3rd – 40’ 9 ½”) and Hunkins (4th – 40” 7’) finished back-to-back in the shot put, while Johnson tallied a fifth-place mark in the discus with a throw of 112’ 11”.
On the track, the 4x400-meter relay team of Jelani Williams (Jersey City, N.J./Ferris), Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) and Robert Newhart (Shadyside, Ohio/Shadyside) finished third with a time of 3:34.42. Williams also posted a fourth-place mark in the 400-meter dash (52.59).
In the distance events, Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) tallied a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:10.86. Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) finished just behind Donnelly for third in the 1,500 (4:15.75), while Davis (1:59.00) and Bierhals (2:00.98) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 800.
Other top-five finishes in the distance events came from Lucas Liriano (Frederick, Md./Walkersville) and Alexander Michalenko (Moon Township, Pa./OLSH). Liriano tallied a fourth-place mark in the 5,000 (17:54.60), while Michalenko totaled a fifth-place finish in the steeplechase (11:07.42).
On the women’s side, the Bison finished in third place with 62 total points. The Bison’s lone victory came from the 4x400 team of Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), Shelva Burns (Weirton, W. Va./Weir) and Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity). The quartet earned the win, finishing with a time of 4:19.50.
Individually, Jackson-McBride made a solid impact, finishing second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.48. She also added a third-place finish in the 200 (26.73).
Other top-five finishes on the track came from Steich, Biz Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) and Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua). Steich tallied a fourth-place mark in the 400 (1:03.57), while Timas (2:38.74) and Ross (17:59.10), posted fifth-place finishes in the 800 and 5,000, respectively.
In field events, Bison freshmen showed well, with both Leighanna Frantz (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) and Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) scoring top-three finishes.
Frantz, the 2016 PAC Indoor Runner-Up in the high jump, tallied a third-place finish in the event (4’ 11 ¾”), while also finishing second in the long jump with a leap of (13’ 7 ½”)
Frazier continues to improve in the field events and posted a second-place tally in the javelin (104’ 4”). She also added a sixth-place mark in the shot put (35’ 1 ¼”).
The Bison track & field teams will compete as a full team again on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, as the Green & White host the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at Bison Stadium.