Jan. 24 – LATROBE, Pa. – Freshman Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) and junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) were among the big winners as the Bison Track & Field Teams competed at the Denison University Lid-Lifter Invitational on Saturday. The Bison saw two school records fall on the day, and posted a total of 12 top-five finishes.
Martin led the way for the women’s side as she broke the Bethany record in the 60m dash in just her first collegiate race. Martin posted an event-winning time of 7.90, breaking Paige Prato’s record of 8.01 which was set last season. Not only did Martin break the record, but the freshman became the first female runner in Bison history to finish the race in under eight seconds.
With that time, not only has Martin qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships later this season, but it was also the tenth-fastest time in all of Division-III so far this year.
Along with that accomplishment, Martin also cracked a second-place finish in the 200 meter dash, finishing with a time of 26.50. She nearly set another school mark in the race, coming just .05 seconds shy of the Bethany mark which is currently held by Bethany junior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac).
Jackson-McBride also had a solid day for the Bison, posting two top-five finishes. In a field of 27 runners, Jackson-McBride posted a fourth-place finish in the 400 meter run (1:01.64). She also cashed in a fifth-place mark in the 200 meter dash (27.27).
The women’s did some damage in the 200 meter race, as they placed four athletes in the top ten. Along with Martin and Jackson-McBride, Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) notched an eighth-place time (28.05), while Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) came in ninth (28.36).
Grinkley and Goolsby also had other top-ten finishes as Goolsby finishes fifth (8.26) and Grinkley, seventh (8.39) in the 60 meter dash.
Other notable performances for the women included Elizabeth Timas’ (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) ninth-place time in the 800 (2:38.83), and Jess Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon) who finished tenth in both the mile (5:53.65) and the 800 (2:39.64).
On the men’s side, The Green & White captured three victories which included two from Moore. Moore captured top honors in the long jump (21’11.50”) while also taking first in the triple jump (46’4.75”). It marked the first time this season that Moore has captured first-place in both events.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team also made a splash, taking first-place with a time of 3:35.45. The 4x400 team consisted of Cam Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills ), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local).
Minger also posted two top-five individual performances on the day, finishing second in the 200 meter with a time of 22.97. He also posted a third-place finish in the 400 meter (50.80). Minger was nearly a double winner on the day, as he took second in the 200 by just .01 seconds.
Other top-five finishers for the men included Ed Maxwell (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) in the 60 meter hurdles (9.07), as well as the 4x200 meter relay team of Butler, Thomas, Minger and Shaun Burns (Weirton, W. Va./Weir), who placed third with a time of 1:36.29.
Sophomore Bobby Bush (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) also put together a solid day in his first performance of the season, breaking the Bethany school record in the weight throw with a distance of 37’3.25”. The previous record was held by Kody Niedzwiecki who set a mark of 36’4.75” at the PAC Championships last season.
The Bison Indoor Tack & Field Teams will be back in action on Saturday, February 7 when they travel to Alliance, Ohio to compete in the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted by the University of Mount Union. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.