MARCH 9 - WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the fourth time in his already storied career, Bethany College track & field junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) has qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championships. Unlike his previous three appearances, however, Moore qualified for both the long jump and triple jump events for the upcoming indoor championships which will be held on March 13 & 14 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Qualifying for both the long jump and triple jump in the same season for the first time in his career, Moore earned 13th on the qualifying list in the long jump posting his best leap of 23'4.5" (7.12m) at the Kent State Tune Up on February 21. In the triple jump, Moore posted the 15th best performance in Nation, capturing a distance of 47'0.75" (14.34m) back on January 17 at the Otterbein Invitational.
This marks the first time in Moore's career that he has qualified for both events in the same season. For the indoor championships, Moore will be making a run at the triple jump title for the second time in his career, after placing 14th at the indoor championships last season with a leap of 45'1.50".
The long jump competition will mark the third that Moore has been a competitor in. However, this will mark just the first time in his three-year career that he will compete for the indoor long jump title. In both of his previous two seasons, Moore competed for the outdoor long jump championships. In his first National competition as a freshman, he notched a 15th-place mark (22'9.75).
As a sophomore, Moore captured his first ever All-American status in the long jump, placing fifth in the outdoor championships at Ohio Wesleyan University, posting a leap of 23'2".
Already during his junior campaign, Moore has competed in both the long jump and triple jump events a combined 11 times, walking away with seven first place finishes, including winning both events at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships two weeks ago. For that performance, Moore earned both the Field MVP as well as the overall MVP award at the meet.
Moore will look to add his first National Championship trophy to his list of ever-growing accomplishments when he competes at the NCAA Indoor National Championships this week. The Championships will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14 in Winston-Salem.
A full performance list for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships can be viewed here.