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Bethany’s Moore Competes at NCAA Track Championships
May 23 - LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Bethany College freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) completed his remarkable initial season with the Bison by competing in the long jump on the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships, held at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Moore (right), the first BC track athlete to qualify for NCAAs since Matt Cruse earned All-American status in the 110 hurdles in 2008, came into the meet ranked 20th after he placed second in the long jump at ECAC Championships last week with a mark of 23-6.
In Thursday’s opening round of jumps, Moore’s second jump would be his best when it measured out at 22-9.75. His third jump of the round turned out to be a scratch, which may have taken away an even better mark. Moore would improve upon his initial rank by taking 15th place overall, but it did leave him short of moving into the finals.
The national champion in the long jump was competing on his home track, as Isaac Vazquez from Wisconsin-LaCrosse jumped 25-4.75 to take first overall.
Moore’s first season as a Bison not only included his appearance at nationals, but he also won the PAC title in the long jump and earned Second Team All-PAC in the triple. Then at ECAC Championships, he broke the school record in the triple jump (45-11.25) and took second in the long jump.