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Bison Turn in Impressive Performances in Home Invitational
April 6 -BETHANY, W.Va. – Hosting their first of two meets this season at Bison Stadium, the Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field programs collectively gathered five first place finishes and saw one individual qualify for ECAC Championships at the Bison Invitational Saturday.
There were no team scores kept at the meet, which featured many Division II programs including Alderson-Broaddus, Glenville State, Seton Hill, West Liberty, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit.
The top performance came in a men’s field event, as freshman Umar Moore (right - Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) continued his strong first season in Green and White. Not only did he take first place in the triple jump, but his measurement of 44-3.5 was also good enough to qualify for ECAC Championships in May. Moore also placed second in the long jump with an effort of 21-7.5.
Joining Moore with a win in the field events was junior Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth), as he took first place in the javelin. His throw of 182-10 was the top mark by more than 13 feet, the second straight week Gregg has won the event by such a wide margin.
The third winning performance on the men’s side came from the 4x400 relay in the final event on the track. Freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Belliare, Ohio), sophomore Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) breezed to a win by breaking the tape in 3:24.79, which was over eight seconds faster than the runner-up.
Other notable performance for Bethany came in the 400, where Minger (51.05) and Tolliver (51.33) were second and third, respectively, while James finished up third in a closely contested 800 with a time of 1:53.88. Rounding out the top three finishes were sophomore Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) with a second place in the 100 hurdles (16.34) and the 4x100 relay of freshman Matt Brower (Washington, Pa.), Moore, senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) and Thompson, which took third place (43.55).
The two wins for the women both involved freshman Maria Jackson-McBride (right - Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac). She blazed to a win in the 400 by crossing the line in 1:00.85, which is less than a second from the ECAC qualifying time. She then anchored the 4x400 relay and along with junior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) and junior Hayley Acree (Middlebourne, W.Va./Tyler Consolidated), they finished in 4:25.72 to take first place.
Bethany will return to action next Saturday by competing at the Westminster Invitational.