Pioneers Hosted 5th Annual Brandi Bowen Invitational

Brandi BowenFour years ago, Glenville State College lost two of their finest young athletes due to a tragic automobile accident.  Kyle Puffenberger, a freshman who was a redshirt defensive back on the Pioneer Football team and Brandi Bowen, a sophomore, who ran track and cross-country.  Both Kyle and Brandi were not only standout athletes, but they were also amazing people.   For those of us who had the pleasure of knowing them and the honor of having them as a friend, we will always have wonderful memories that will live in our hearts forever.

Bowen accomplished many achievements throughout her 20 years. As a graduate from Doddridge County High School, she excelled in academics, track, cross-country, and basketball. She attended Glenville State on academic and athletic scholarships; Bowen was also the first female Coach Cam Perry ever signed to his team. As a freshman at GSC, Bowen finished ninth at the WVIAC meet in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, 12th in the 1,500 meter run, and 15th in the 800 meter run.

On Friday, April 12th at the Morris Stadium the Glenville State College track team hosted its 5th annual Brandi K. Bowen Memorial meet. The meet featured several schools such as West Virginia Wesleyan College, University of Charleston, and Bethany College, along with the Pioneers themselves. The Glenville State College track team would like to thank all the students, faculty, and alumni who attended this annual invitational in remembrance of one of Glenville’s brightest track stars. It was with great pride, not only as a Glenville student but also as an athlete, that I could take part in this memorial event to honor Ms. Brandi Bowen.

The meet began at 4:00 starting with field events, followed by running events. All events were timed finals and the meet ran on a rolling schedule. Event results are as follows:


Field Event Results (Women then Men):

Triple Jump – Jessie Kimble placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 9.36 meters. Tyrease Brown received a first place jump with a distance of 13.30 meters.

Hammer – Elsie Smith placed first throwing 38.10 meters. GSC men’s team took charge as they took second through fifth place. Jared Shipe threw 40.31 meters, Robert Stump threw 37.52 meters, Trey Livingston threw 36.21 meters, and Will Radcliff threw 34.51 meters.

Long Jump – Meghan Ruddlesden took first place with a NCAA II provisional qualifying distance of 5.81 meters.

Javelin – Marteney Jacobs took third place with a throw of 27.57 meters. Jenny Wolfe and Chelsea Stickelman took fifth and sixth place. Boris Nimcevic placed first with a throw of 53.24 meters, while Shipe took third throwing 35.16 meters.

Discus – Kimble took fourth place with a throw of 23.56 meters, while Stickelman took fifth place throwing 21.55 meters. Livingston placed second throwing 38.72 meters, Bobby Jackson took third place throwing 36.85 meters, and Shipe took sixth place with a throw of 34.72 meters.

Shot Put – Smith took fourth place with a throw of 10.07 meters. The GSC men’s team ran the ring once again, taking second through sixth place by Livingston who threw 12.74 meters, Shipe who threw 12.43 meters, Radcliff who threw 12.41 meters, Jackson who threw 12.15 meters, and Stump who threw 11.55 meters.

High Jump – Danielle Perkins placed first as she flew over the bar with a height of 5-04.25, Catherine Butcher followed closely as she took third place clearing the bar at 4-10.25. Zack Burnside placed third with a jump of 5-07.00.

Running Events Results (Women then Men):

100 Hurdles – Three of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Lady Bobcats took first, second, and third place (Vicki Crise, Kandis Castelli, & Amber Stewart).

110 Hurdles – The Bobcats took first and second place with Zach Shreve and Zach Holden.

100 Meter Dash – Jessica Montgomery took fourth place with a time of 13.52 seconds. David Sowell and Ronnie Mills took second and third place with times of 11.23 and 11.29 seconds.

1,500 Meter Run – Ashley Furgeson from West Virginia Wesleyan took first place with a 5:14.95 time.

400 Meter Dash – Perkins took second place with a time of 69.46 seconds. Seth Aldridge took fourth place with a 53.08 second time.

4X100 Meter Relay – The relay team of Montgomery, Danika Brown, Ginny Mills, & Ruddlesden took first place with a time of 50.57 seconds.

800 Meter Run – Wolfe placed fifth with a time of 2:44.41; Tanisha Bland took ninth with a 2:58.86 time.

400 Meter Hurdles – The Bobcats’ Ryan Mischler placed first with a time of 65.88 seconds.

200 Meter Dash – Ruddlesden took first place with a time of 26.30 seconds, while Brown took third place with a time of 27.04 seconds. Joe Ballard proudly placed first with a time of 22.65 seconds.

5,000 Meter Run – Dustin Wood and Tyler Wilson took first and second place for the men with the following times: 16:54.70 and 20:31.02

4X400 Meter Relay – The Pioneers men’s relay team finished second with a time of 3:38.45


The team rankings for the women after 17 events scored were:

1st place – West Virginia Wesleyan College –164 points

2nd place – University of Charleston – 131 points

3rd place – Glenville State College – 103 points

4th place- Bethany College – 22 points

The team rankings for the men after 17 events scored were:

1st place – Glenville State College – 157 points

2nd place – West Virginia Wesleyan College – 146 points

3rd place – Bethany College – 32 points

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