May 14 – The Bison track and field team kicked off the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships competing in two separate events on day one. Junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) competed in the triple jump, while Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) competed in her first of three events, running the 100-meter dash prelims.
For Moore, the two-time All-American scored a few points for the Bison, capturing a top-eight finish in the triple jump. The junior posted a distance of 46-10.00 to tally a sixth-place mark. Moore will be back in action on day two when he competes in the long jump finals.
In the 100-meter dash, Martin grabbed a 15th-place finish in a field of 36 competitors. Martin was just one of six freshmen to qualify in the 100-meter dash, and was the second freshman to cross the finish line with a time of 12.41. Martin will also compete on day two, running in both the 200-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay.
As a team, the Green & White will compete in eight more events on day two of the ECAC Championships. Along with Moore and Martin competing individually, freshman Shae Long (), and juniors Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) will look to make their mark on the event. Long will compete in the high jump while both Minger and Jackson-McBride will compete in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relay teams will also compete on Friday. The men’s team, which consists of Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County), Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville), Minger and Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) enter the event with a qualifying time of 42.40.
On the women’s side, the 4x100 team currently ranks 18th in the Nation, and will look to better their time for a chance to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. The team of Kiera Goolsby (Washington, Pa./Washington), Jackson-McBride, Lauren Rao (North Tonawanda, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Martin enter the event with the third-fastest qualifying time (47.81) and will compete in the fourth and final heat.
Day two of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Springfield College, is scheduled to begin with decathlon and heptathlon events at 10 a.m. Field events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m., while the track events are slated for a 12:00 p.m. start.