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Umar Moore/Leighanna Frantz Honored as Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

May 3 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that Bison track standouts, senior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and freshman Leighanna Frantz (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week.

Moore helped the Bison men’s track & field program to a second-place finish at the 2016 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships last weekend. The Green & White earned 108 total points, earning their best finish since the 1994 season.

Moore was the lone individual champion on the men’s side, finishing first in both the long jump and triple jump events. The senior, who was named the Field MVP and overall Meet MVP at the indoor championships this year, beat out 24 other competitors in the long jump with a leap of 22-09.25.

In the long jump, Moore bested 16 different athletes in the triple jump, earning the win with a mark of 43-03.50, a mark which he achieved on his final jump of the afternoon. Along with his two wins, he also helped the men’s 4x100-meter relay team to a second-place finish.

Frantz led the women’s track and field team to 66-overall points, finishing the PAC Championships in sixth place. The freshman was the lone champion for the Green & White, as she earned a first-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 4-11.75.

The win for Frantz marks the second-consecutive championship meet in which she has been honored with an all-conference selection. She earned second-team honors during the indoor season by placing second in the high jump at the Indoor Championships held at Youngstown State University. Thanks to her mark last weekend, she has also now added a First-Team All-PAC honor to her trophy case.

Honorable Mention selections for the women’s SAAC Athlete of the Week award included, senior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) of the women’s track & field team, as well as junior Sarah Coss (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) and sophomore Sam Binkley (Ontario, Canada/St. James) from the softball program.

Other men’s nominees included, junior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) from the track team, sophomore Chris Ray (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin) from the men’s tennis program, as well as senior Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and freshman John Lee (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) of the baseball team.