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Bethany’s Moore Earns Co-Field MVP to Highlight PAC Track Championships

April 27 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Bethany College freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) was named Co-Field MVP at the 2013 PAC Track & Field Championships after he earned two of the program’s 10 top-three finishes to highlight the Bison’s efforts at the meet.

The BC women, which set one school record and earned one PAC title on Saturday, scored 44 points to finish sixth out of nine teams. Bethany’s men’s team totaled 65 points, highlighted by two conference championships, to place seventh as a team.

The men’s team already had two All-PAC accolades to its credit coming into Saturday. On the first day of competition Friday, senior Seth Myers (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) took Second Team All-PAC in the discus and Moore claimed his initial all-conference award by taking second in the triple jump.

7144Moore12.jpg Then on Saturday, Moore (right) would add a PAC championship to his credit. On his final jump of the day, he measured out at 23 feet, zero inches to outdistance the runner-up by nine inches for the crown. His efforts in the jumps helped him earn Co-Field MVP of the meet with Westminster’s Anthony Thomas. Moore is the first Bethany athlete to earn an MVP award at championships since Taylor McNeil earned Track MVP distinction in 2010.

The other men’s title also came in a field event. Junior Ben Gregg (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) captured first place in the javelin for the second time in his three years at Bethany with a winning throw of 189 feet, three inches. He has earned All-PAC all three years of his career, as he had Second Team laurels as a sophomore.

Bethany garnered two more All-PAC awards on the track. Junior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) earned Second Team All-PAC in the 800 with a time of 1:56.55. It’s the third straight year he’s been an all-conference performer in the race, as he won the title in 2011 and placed third a season ago.

The meet ended with BC 4x400 relay team taking Honorable Mention status by placing third overall. The team of sophomore Derrick Tolliver (Bellaire, Ohio), freshman Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), junior Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) and James was just edged out by Saint Vincent for second place, as the relay finished in 3:21.35, the group’s second-fastest time of the season.

7536Prato12.jpg The top women’s performance of the meet came from the 4x100 relay team. 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) blazed to the PAC championship in the event with a time of 48.86 seconds, which also set a new school record by three-quarters of a second.

The other top finishes turned in by the BC women also came from members of the record-setting relay. Prato, the defending PAC champion in the 100, earned Second Team honors Saturday by finishing in 12.91 seconds in the final. Jackson-McBride took Honorable Mention All-PAC in two events, as she was third in the 200 with a time of 26.00 and third in the 400 by crossing the finish line in 58.61.