Feb. 10 - BETHANY, W. Va. - The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that Bison Track & Field athletes, junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and freshman Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek), have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week.
Moore took first place in both of his field events for the second-meet in a row as he won the long jump and the triple jump at the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted by the University of Mount Union on Saturday.
Moore captured top honors in the long jump with a leap of 23'1.75", re-breaking his own Bison record in the process. The jump was also the 11th-best in all of Division III this season. Having already posted the Nation's sixth-best performance in the triple jump (47'.75"), Moore continued to show well in the event, capturing top honors in a field of 23 with a bound of 46'6.75".
Martin captured her second win in the 60 meter dash in as many tries, posting a mark of 7.88. She has raced in just two events so far this season, and has broken the Bison record in both races. Her time at the Jim Wuske Invite was .02 seconds faster than her previous mark of 7.90.
With the performance, Martin currently ranks 23rd in all of Division III, but has the second-highest mark by a freshman in the country this season.
Both Moore and Martin have already posted qualifying results for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. Moore has qualified in both the long jump and triple jump, while Martin has qualified in the 60 meter dash.
Other nominees for SAAC Athletes of the Week included basketball players, senior Delonte' Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and junior Alan Harper (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) for the men, and junior track athlete Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Pa./West Potomac) and freshman basketball standout Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) for the women.