March 13 – WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – For the second time in his already sterling career, Bethany College track & field standout Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) has earned All-American Status in the long jump after grabbing an eighth-place finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Indoor Championships on Friday.
Moore, who had placed in the top five in the long jump in every event he has competed in so far this season, got to the NCAA Championships by qualifying 13th in the event thanks to his school-record leap of 23’4.5” at the Kent State Tune Up on February 21.
Moore opened his competition posting a 6.83m leap in his first of six attempts. That mark tied him for second through the first round of jumps, equaling out to a distance of 22’5”. After two more jumps in which Moore posted a 6.71 and a 6.80, the junior found himself heading to the Championship round of jumps with his initial mark holding strong in seventh place.
“Moore came into the meet ready to compete this year,” remarked 11th-year head coach Andy Upton. “Last year, he wasn’t able to get his best jump until his final attempt, but this year, he seemed to be ready to go from the beginning.
In the Championship round, also consisting of three jumps, Moore fouled on his first two attempts before posting a leap of 6.69m in his final jump of the day. Despite posting his best jump on his first attempt of the afternoon, that mark was still good enough to earn him All-American status, finishing eighth in the event.
“In the Championship round, Umar really came out fast,” remarked Upton. “Unfortunately, his first two jumps were scratches, because if he could have landed either one of those, he might have gotten into the top four in the country.”
With the accomplishment, Moore adds his second All-American award to his trophy case, after earning a fifth-place finish at the Outdoor Championships last season, where he posted a leap of 23’2”. He also becomes just the second two-time All-American in Bison history, joining Matt Cruse, who earned All-American status in the 60m hurdles and the 110m hurdles in 2008.
Moore adds his second All-American award to an already solid junior campaign that saw him earn both Field MVP and overall Most Outstanding Performer at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships by helping the Bison men’s indoor team capture the Indoor PAC crown. .
“The best thing about Umar this year is how much he has grown,” commented Upton. “Not even Five minutes after the event was over, he was already talking about his goals for the outdoor season and how he can help push the rest of the team to constantly be better. His leadership and drive to always be better is something that will continuously take him to the next level.”
The weekend is not yet over for Moore, as he will still compete for the National triple jump crown on Saturday at the NCAA Championships. Moore also earned a spot in the triple jump Championships by posting the 15th-best mark in the country (47’0.75”). Moore will begin his quest for his third All-American award at 10 a.m. as the triple jump helps to kick off Saturday’s events