March 13 - MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Coming off a widely successful indoor season, the Bethany College track & field teams opened the outdoor portion of their 2014-15 schedule by competing in the first day of the Shamrock Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina University.
On the men's side, senior Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) led the way for the Green & White, capturing a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.30. Overall, the 100 proved to be a solid event for Bethany. Along with Thompson, both Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) and Korey Platt (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) finished in the top ten. Burns came in fourth with a time of 11.49, while Platt's 11.63 was good for seventh.
Other top-ten performances by the Bison men included Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance), Shae Long (Steubenville, Ohio/East Liverpool) and Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch). Handy captured a second-palce finish in the 400 hurdles, notching a time of 58.36. Long tallied an eighth-place mark in the 400 (54.47), while Bierhals finished ninth in the 800 (2:03.78).
For the women, senior Megan Butler (Harrisburg, Pa./Commonwealth Connections) completed the day with the team's top time, posting a 1:03.93 in the 400 meter run.
Freshman Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and sophomore Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) both competed in the 400 hurdles, each notching a top-ten finish. Borsch finished second with a 1:11.57, while Rao came in eighth with a 1:18.71.
Other notable performances for the Bison included a fifth-place mark in the 100-meter dash by Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), who posted a time of 13.40. Borsch totaled a fifth-place mark in the 100 hurdles (16.10), while Butler notched a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter run (27.38).
The Green & White will be back in action on Saturday, March 14, as they participate in the second day of the Shamrock Invitational. Action on Saturday is slated to start at 10 a.m.