Feb. 27 – YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Bethany men’s and women’s track and field programs made their presence known at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Thursday evening. The men were able to break two PAC records en route to finishing second with 113 points, missing the top spot by just three points. The women were able to capture one record as they finished sixth, scoring 45 points.
The men were led by Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid). Minger had arguably the best performance in the meet, breaking the PAC indoor record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.63 en route to taking first-place honors. The previous mark was 50.22, which was set in 2013 by Byum Louco of Waynesburg. Minger was not done, however, grabbing fourth-place finishes in both the 200 meter dash (22.82) and the high jump (5’10). He capped his impressive day as a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay squad (3:29.86).
Moore was once again a dominating presence in the triple jump, winning the event and breaking his own PAC indoor record with a leap of 46’ 9 ½”. He also added a third-place finish in the long jump (22’ 1 ½”).
Williams also had an impressive outing, winning the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.94. He was also a member of the victorious 4x400 meter relay team.
Other notable performances were from Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Shawn Burns (Weirton, W.Va./Weir). Donnelly registered a second-place finish in the 1 mile run with a time of 4:37.20, while also notching a fourth-place spot in the 5,000 meter run (16:30.83).
Butler earned fifth-place finishes in both the 400 meter dash (51.99) and the 200 meter dash (23.21). He also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 meter relay team.
Burns chipped in with a third-place finish in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.12.
On the women’s side, the standout performers included Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Heather Grinkley Woodbridge (Va./C.D. Hylton). Prato had the most impressive outing, breaking the PAC indoor record in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.01. The record was previously held by Washington & Jefferson’s Brittney Traynor, who set it in 2013 with a time of 8.04. Prato also added a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash (26.89).
Goolsby didn’t disappoint either, notching third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.13 and fifth in the 200 meter dash (27.25).
Grinkley finished strong as well, finishing fourth in both the triple jump (31’ 11 ½”) and the 60 meter dash (8.15).
In addition to the Bison success, head coach Andy Upton was recognized as the PAC Men’s Indoor Track Coach of the Year.
The Bison will open their outdoor season on March 21-22, when they travel to Coastal Carolina Univeristy for the Shamrock Invitational.