May 16 – TROY, N.Y. – Led by a fourth-place performance from sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), individuals from the Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in solid performances in day two of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships hosted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Moore turned in the Bison’s top performance of the two-day event, posting a leap of 7.16 meters (23’ 6”) in the long jump. The mark was not only good for fourth place, but also helped Moore tie his own personal best. As it currently stands, the distance currently sits as the 14th best mark in the country in all of Division-III, potentially qualifying him for the NCAA National Championships for the second-consecutive year.
Another top performance turned in for the Bison was from sophomore Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local). Minger captured a fifth-place finish out of 28 competitors in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.55.
On the women’s side, sophomore Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) turned in the team’s best performance, finishing 15th in a field of 35 runners with a time of 59.28. The women’s 4x100 meter relay team also competed, capturing a 19th-place finish out of 42 teams with a mark of 49.72. The team consisted of Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes), Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), and Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home).