April 30 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Track & Field team’s competed at a high level in the second day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium. The Bison men captured their best finish since 1994, placing second, while the women earned a sixth-place mark.
On the men’s side, the Bison used an all-around team effort to amass 108 total team points, good for second in the final standings. Bethany was led by senior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), who earned the sweep of the long and triple jump events.
After placing first in the triple jump on day one, more was back at it, earned the PAC Championship in the long jump with a leap of 22’ 9 ¼”. With the win in the long jump, more finished second among all field event athletes in total points with 20, trailing only Westminster’s Nick Fiorentino, who was selected as the Meet MVP.
Along with Moore’s individual accomplishment, he also ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that captured a second-place finish with a time of 42.64. Other athletes on the team included Byron Mayers (Brownsville, Pa./Brownsville), Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville).
Butler was one of the top track competitors for the Green & White on the day as he finished eighth among all track athletes in total scoring (14). Along with running a leg on the 4x100, he also served as the starting leg on the second-place 4x400-meter relay team. Additionally, Butler added a fourth-place finish in both the 200 (22.06) and 100 (11.09) and took home fifth in the high jump (6’ ½”).
The 4x4 team captured their second-place mark with a time of 3:22.02. Along with Butler, the team consisted of Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), Marshall Murray (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) and Khallid Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills).
Individually, Murray earned his first All-PAC recognition by placing second in the 800-meter run. He posted a time of 1:58.90 to tally eight points toward the overall team score.
Joining Moore on the podium in the long jump was senior Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale), who finished third in the event with a distance of 21’ 6 ¾”. Juniors Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) also captured third-place finishes to round out the All-PAC honorees for the men. Rudolph earned his honor in the high jump (6’ ½”), while Donnelly ran to his third-place finish in the 5,000 (15:55.40).
Along with his work in the 4x4, Davis totaled a fourth-place mark in the 800 (1:59.31). Junior Aaron Frye (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area) added a fifth-place mark in the high jump (6’ ½”), while Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua), Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) and Donnelly finished fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 1,500.
The Bison’s second-place finish on the day was the highest mark the outdoor team has achieved since the 1994 campaign. That year, with only four teams in the championship meet, the Bison placed second with 44 total points.
On the women’s side, the Green & White boasted one individual champion on the day as freshman Leighanna Frantz (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) beat out ten other competitors in the high jump. She posted a winning height of 4’ 11 ¾”, winning her first-ever PAC Championship on a tiebreaker over Westminster’s Keilah Ireland.
Along with Frantz’s individual championship, the Bison were led by senior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) who tallied a pair of top-three finishes. Jackson-McBride finished second in the 400-meter run (59.14), while also taking third in the 200 with a time of 25.86.
Jackson-McBride additionally ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that captured a second-place finish. The team of Jackson-McBride, Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), posted a time of 49.81 to earn their spot on the podium.
The 4x400-meter relay team, in which Jackson-McBride was also a part of, earned a fourth-place finish on the day with a time of 4:11.83. The team also consisted of Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), Borsch and Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity).
In addition to her work on the relay teams, Borsch earned Honorable Mention All-PAC status by posted a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.28). She also added points to the team score with a fifth-place mark in the 100 hurdles (16.12).
Adding to her work in day one in which she place third in the javelin, Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) added an eighth-place mark in the shot put with a throw of 33’ 10”.
Other point scorers for the Bison women’s track team included Kelsa Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville) with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000 (19:35.63). Steich finished sixth in the 400-meter dash (1:02.33) while Grinkley added a similar mark in the 100 (13.13).
The overall team winner on the men’s side was awarded to Westminster College, who finished the event with a total of 174.50. The Bison came in second, and were closely followed by a third-place finish from Grove City.
On the women’s side, Waynesburg University edged out Westminster for the title, posting a team score of 145 points.