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Bethany’s 2nd Day at ECACs Highlighted by Top Finish and Record

May 17 - SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) recorded the program’s top finish ever at the meet and the women’s 4x100 relay broke its own school record to highlight the second and final day of the 2013 ECAC Track & Field Championships at Springfield (Mass.) College.

7144Moore12.jpg The top placement of the day came in the men’s long jump. Moore (right) was out of the top five as he entered his final jump of the competition. The Bison freshman, who set a new school record the previous day in the triple jump, measured out at 23 feet, six inches on his last try to vault into second place. That finish is the best by a Bison competitor at ECAC Championships since Matt Cruse took third in the 110 hurdles at the 2008 meet.

Moore’s jump was nearly historic for another reason. It came just one inch short of matching the Bethany record in the event, which has stood since 1926 when Virgil Elliott jumped 23-7. It also placed Moore 20th in the nation, which puts him in position to qualify for a spot at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The eight points gathered by Moore for the second place finish, coupled with junior Ben Gregg’s (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) sixth place showing on Thursday, gave BC 11 points for the meet to put the team in 23rd place overall.

Although no one else scored for the Bethany men, there were several who were in action on Friday. The 4x100 relay team of freshman Matt Brower (Washington, Pa.), Moore, senior Raymear Pinchom (Willingboro, N.J.) and sophomore Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) finished 21st out of 34 teams with a time of 43.31 seconds.

In individual events, freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) placed third in his heat but did not score in the 400 after posting a time of 50.63 seconds and junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) competed in the 800 and finished with a time of 1:57.34.

7536Prato12.jpg For the Bethany women, the 4x100 relay turned in a record-breaking performance. Freshman Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), freshman Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac), freshman Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa.) and junior Paige Prato (right - Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) won their heat with a time of 48.80 seconds, which was good enough for eighth place overall and took .06 seconds off the relay’s Bethany record set earlier this season.

Jackson-McBride had qualified in the 200 and 400 as well, but did not run in the events Friday. The only other Bison woman to compete was Prato, who posted a time of 26.40 seconds in the 200 and did not score.