Feb. 26 – YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Bethany College women’s indoor track & field teams posted a fourth-place finish at the second-annual Presidents’ Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships on Thursday evening.
Overall, the Bison produced 12 different point-scoring performances which were led by freshman Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek). Martin was able to capture two separate first-place finishes over the course of the day while also producing a school record and a PAC Championship mark.
Martin first took home the top finish in the 60-meter dash, winning the finals with a time of 7.89. That time also shattered the previous PAC Championship record of 8.01 which was set by Bethany’s own Paige Prato at the Championships last season.
Along with her first-place mark in the 60, Martin also took home the crown in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a school-record time of 26.13. That mark broke fellow teammate, Maria Jackson-McBride’s (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) record of 26.45 from 2014.
Overall, the 200-meter proved the most fruitful for the Bison, as four different Bethany athletes finished in the top eight in the finals. Besides Martin, Jackson-McBride, Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington) and Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) all posted points. Jackson-McBride also set what would have been a new school record, finishing the race in second-place with a time of 26.36. Goolsby (27.39) came in sixth in the event, while Borsch totaled a seventh-place mark (27.49). Along with her sixth-place mark, Goolsby also captured a second-place finish in the 60 meter, finishing with an 8.14.
The other winner for the women on the day came in the form of Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) who captured first place in the high jump with a leap of 4’10.25”. The multi-faceted Rao also captured points in the 60-meter, finishing sixth with a time of 8.27.
Along with her individual accolades, Rao helped the 4x400 meter relay team set a new school record, finishing fourth with a time of 4:12.61. The mark bested the previous record of 4:17.73 which was set in 2013. Accompanying Rao in the event were Borsch, Megan Butler (Harrisburg, Pa./Commonwealth Connections) and Jackson-McBride.
Jackson-McBride made it two school records on the day as she also captured the school’s best time in the 400-meter. Her second-place finish of 58.73, broke Jodi Bodo’s 2010 mark of 59.74.
Other top-eight finishers included the distance medley team of Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), Goolsby, Jessica Olson and Elizabeth Timas (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), who totaled a sixth-place finish (14:33.20), and Heather Grinkley (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), who secured an eighth-place mark in the long jump with a distance of 14’11.50”.
Overall, the Bison secured a fourth-place finish, totaling 71 points in the event. The overall winner on the day was Grove City College with 116 points, followed by Westminster (110) and Thomas More (74).