April 25 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Track & Field teams tallied six individual championships at the 2015 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday in Grove City. The women posted a fourth-place mark with 78 total points, while the men captured 84.50 points to finish sixth.
On the women’s side, the Bison saw captured four different championships, including individual titles by Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek).
Grinkley tallied her first-career conference title, taking home first place in the long jump by posting a distance of 16-03.75. The win in the event added ten total points to the team total for the meet.
Jackson-McBride finished the Championships by totaling 18 points in track events, which included grabbing the individual title in the 200-meter dash. Jackson-McBride beat out Martin for the win, tallying a school and meet record 25.48 seconds. The junior also posted a second-place mark in the 400-meter run, notching a time of 58.67.
Martin, who finished just behind Jackson-McBride in the 200, totaled eight points in the event, crossing the finish line with a time of 25.81. Martin, however, would also grab an individual title as she walked away with the 100-meter dash championship, posting a time of 12.37.
Teaming up to grab another crown for the Bison, Martin and Jackson-McBride ran two legs on the Bison 4x100-meter relay team that captured the title. The team finished the event with a time of 48.91. The relay-team also included Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington).
A talented all-around athlete, Rao also earned points for the Bison in the high jump, posting a fifth-place finish with a height of 4-10.25 to earn four points. Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) also posted a top-eight finish, crossing the line sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 12:58.24.
On the men’s side, the Bison saw two individuals earn PAC Championships as both Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) continued their stellar seasons.
Moore, who tallied a second-place mark in the triple jump in the first day of the championships, brought home the top honor in the long jump, posting a best leap of 23-02.50.
Minger had arguably the best day of any Bison on the track, as he tallied the conference title in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 48.87. Minger also posted a third-place mark in the 200, setting the Bethany school record with a 22.03. He also finished fourth in the high jump (6-02.00) while also running a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team.
The 4x100 team, consisting of Minger, Moore, Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) posted a second-place mark in the event, tallying a school-record time of 42.20.
Along with the 4x100, Butler helped the Bison cause by earning points in both the high jump (8th – 6-00.00) and the 100-meter dash (8th – 13.72). Freshman Shae Long (Steubenville, Ohio/East Liverpool) notched a second-place mark in the high jump, posting a height of 6-04.00, while Ed Maxwell (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) tallied a seventh-place finish in the 110-meter hurdle finals (16.42).
Grove City College swept both the men’s and women’s championships as the women scored 186 points to beat out second-place Westminster who totaled 129. Waynesburg finished third (101) while the Bison came in fourth with 78.
On the men’s side, Grove City edged out Waynesburg 121-120 with Westminster finishing third (107) and St. Vincent, fourth (88).
The Bison will return to action on Friday, May 1 when they head back to Grove City to compete in the Grove City College Last Chance Invitational.