May 26 – NEW ORLEANS, La. – Putting a bow on stellar four-year careers, Bison track & field seniors Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), have been honored as All-Mideast Regional selections, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.
To be named a USTFCCCA All-Region selection, an athlete must be ranked in the top-five of an individual event in the region, according to the final Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) data, or be part of a top-three relay team. Moore earned two All-Region honors as he was recognized in both the long and triple jumps, while Minger was named an All-Region selection in the 400-meter run.
The honors now make four on the year for Moore and two for Minger, as each athlete was recognized in the same events for their performances in the 2015-16 indoor season.
Moore, a three-time All-American performer, earned All-Mideast Region distinction twice, garnering the honor in both the long and triple jumps. Moore was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Champion in both events during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns in 2016.
During the outdoor season, Moore placed in the top three nine times in the two events, combined. He won the events six times, including capturing the long jump crown on four-separate occasions. He also earned a win in the triple jump, twice.
Moore’s top distance in the long jump, which earned him all-region distinction, came at the Coach O Coastal Carolina University Invitational, where he posted a mark of 23-01.25. His top mark in the triple jump came at the end of the season as he tallied a school-record jump of 47-03.25 at the 11th Annual Gator Invitational hosted by Allegheny College on May 13th.
Combined between the indoor and outdoor seasons during the 2015-16 academic year, Moore tallied a top-three finish in both field events a total of 16 times, including garnering 10 victories.
Minger earned his second all-region distinction of the year in the 400-meter run, while also helping the Bison men’s track & field team to their highest finish at the PAC Outdoor Championships since the 1994 campaign.
Throughout the outdoor season, Minger competed in a number of individual events, as well as the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. The senior was responsible for a pair of broken records on the year, including re-breaking his own mark in the 200 (21.98), while helping the 4x400-meter relay team set a new standard twice on the year (3:18.38).
In his top event, the 400-meter run, Minger competed a total of four times, tallying a pair of victories. He won the event at the Bethany Invitational, notching a time of 49.62. He then earned his all-region honor by capturing a first-place finish at the Westminster Invitational on April 16 (48.64).
Having completed their four-year careers with the Green & White, Moore and Minger will leave a lasting impression, which includes holding a combined 12 records on the Bethany all-time list, as well as helping the Bison indoor track team to back-to-back conference championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16.