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Bison Track Teams Notch Second-Place Finishes in PAC South Quad Meet

April 15 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Competing in their last team event until the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, the Bethany College track and field teams hosted the PAC South Quad Meet on Wednesday afternoon at Bison Stadium. Both the Bison men and women captured second-place finishes as the men totaled 168 points, with the women finishing with 165.

On the men’s side, the 4x100-meter relay team had perhaps the best showing of the day for the Green & White as the team posted a school-record time of 42.59, breaking the old record of 42.63 which was set last season. The time was also good for a qualifying standard into the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at the end of the season. The 4x100 team included Shawn Burns (Weirton, W. Va./Weir), Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon).

Butler, Moore and Minger all also captured multiple top-three performances individually. Not competing in his usual field events, Moore proved once again that his is as versatile as they come, winning the 100-meter dash by posting a time of 11.03. He also snagged a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 22.81.

The 200 proved to be one of the best event overall for the Bison, as Minger and Butler each also tallied a top-three finish, helping the Green & White sweep the event. Minger came .07 seconds from the Bison school record, posting a time of 22.17. Butler scored a second-place finish in the event, notching a time 22.49.

Minger’s mark in the 200-meter dash was also good enough to qualify him once again for the ECAC Championships. It marks the third event in which Minger has qualified for the ECACs (400, 200, 4x100 relay).

Along with his second-place finish, Butler completed his solid day by snagging second place in the 100-meter dash, finishing just behind Moore with a time of 11.19. Along with that accomplishment, Butler was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that also posted a top finish.

The 4x4 relay team grabbed first place, posting a time of 3:28.35. Butler ran the opening leg of the race, and was followed by Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch), Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua) and Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance), who ran the anchor leg.

Davis and Bierhals also each performed well in the 800-meter run, as they finished second and third, respectively in the event. Davis crossed the line with a time of 2:01.14, while Bierhals posted a 2:01.57.

Handy, who competed in a multitude of events during the day, also grabbed two top-three finishes in the hurdle events. Handy grabbed a second-place mark in the 400 hurdles (58.42) while also finishing third in the 110 high hurdles (16.96).

In the field events, the Bison also picked up solid points from Aaron Frye () who captured a win in the high jump. Frye posted a height of 6’ 0”, winning the event on a tiebreaker. He also snared a third-place mark in the triple jump (39-11.25).

Other notable performances in the field events included Jamar Prewitt (Ewing, N.J./Ewing), Juqui Taylor () and Korey Platt (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley). Prewitt scored a second-place mark in the pole vault (11-3.75), while Taylor came away with second in the long jump (19-08.25). Platt also competed in the long jump, scoring a third-place finish (18-09.25).

Overall on the men’s side, Waynesburg University took the win with 204 points. The Bison came in second with 168 points, followed by St. Vincent (114) and Washington & Jefferson (53).

For the women, the Green & White competed very well on the day, scoring a second-place finish, and missing first by just three points.

Just like for the men, the women’s 4x100-meter relay team put on a show. The Bison set the school record and qualified for the ECAC Championships by posting a time of 48.73. The mark was also the 23rd fastest time in all of Division III so far on the season. The 4x100 team consisted of Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home), Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek).

All four athletes also competed well individually with each capturing at least one victory. Rao had a solid overall outing as she captured first in the high jump (4-11.75), before placing second in the 100-meter dash (13.35). Goolsby took home the top time in the 100 (13.13) while Jackson-McBride won the 400-meter dash, with a mark of 59.57.

The 200-meter dash was dominated by the Bison as the Green & White collected 39 points in that event, alone. Martin took home the top time in the event, posting a time of 25.86. Jackson-McBride finished second to Martin (25.90), while Goolsby came in third in the event (26.92). Rao notched a fourth-place mark (26.97) while Alanna Baylor and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) each also notched points. Baylor finished fifth (28.08) while Grinkley came in sixth (28.36).

Other top-three marks in the track events included Baylor in the 100 (third – 13.65), Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) in the 800 (third – 2:31.64), Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville) in the 5,000-meter run (20:34.05) and Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) in the steeplechase (second – 12:40.58).

Along with her finish in the 200-meter dash, Grinkley also performed well in the field, snatching a first-place mark in the long jump (16-00.50) before posting a third-place finish in the triple jump event (32-06.25).

In the final event of the day, Bethany picked up nine more points, as the 4x400-meter relay team of Rao, Timas, Jessica Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon) and Jackson-McBride tallied a win, finishing with a time of 4:17.60. However, even with the nine points, the Bison came just three points shy of the team victory.

Waynesburg University earned the team win on the day with 168 points, while the Bison finished second with 165. Washington & Jefferson came in third (69) while St. Vincent (4th-28) and Chatham (5th-18) rounded out the field.

The Green & White will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 when they travel to Grove City, Pa. to compete in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.