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Bethany’s Moore Qualifies for NCAA Track Championships

May 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) has earned the chance to compete for All-American status, as he qualified in the long jump for the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships, which will be May 23-25 at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.

7144Moore12.jpg Moore will be the first Bison to compete at track championships since Matt Cruse qualified in the 110 and 400 hurdles in 2008. That meet was also held in Wisconsin at Oshkosh and Cruse earned All-American status in the 110 hurdles by placing seventh overall.

It’s been a freshman year full of highlights for Moore. At PAC Championships, he won the long jump title with a measurement of 23-0 and also took Second Team All-PAC in the triple jump, which earned him Co-Field MVP honors for the meet.

Moore would compete in both jump events, as well as the 4x100 relay, at the ECAC Championships last week and that’s where he made history. On the opening day of the meet, he broke a 19-year old school record in the triple jump, as he posted a jump of 45-11.25. Then on the final day, he registered a mark of 23-6 in the long jump to finish second overall, the best placement ever by a Bison at the ECAC meet.

The jump, which left Moore just an inch short of Virgil Elliott’s Bethany record of 23-7 set way back in 1926, also propelled him to the NCAA meet. The top 20 long jumpers in the country qualified for nationals and Moore slipped in at 20th to earn his spot. He will be one of just four freshmen competing in the long jump at NCAAs.

Moore will be one of five men and nine student-athletes overall from the PAC competing in the meet at Wisconsin LaCrosse, who is hosting the meet for the third time since 1986. The 2013 championships will feature nearly 800 competitors. The three-day meet is the largest single site for number of competitors in any of the championships hosted by the NCAA Division III.