April 4 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Two days after capturing their first invitational victory of the season, the Bethany College men’s track team has swept the Presidents’ Athletic Conference weekly awards as senior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and junior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) have recently been honored by the PAC. Moore was named the conference’s Field Athlete of the Week, while Butler earned his first Track Athlete of the Week award of the outdoor season.
A three-time All-American, Moore totaled 22.5 individual points for the Green & White at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday, April 2. The senior was up to his old tricks, capturing first place in both the long jump and the triple jump events.
In a field of 17 athletes in the long jump, Moore captured a first-place mark in his first jump of the day, leaping 22-05.75. The mark proved to be over a foot further than any other competitor in the event.
In the triple, Moore bested a field of seven other competitors, posting a leap of 46-00.50. His distance not only won him the event, but currently ranks 11th in all of Division III as of today. Along with his pair of victories, he also showed off his versatility, helping the 4x100-meter relay team to a first-place finish with an ECAC Qualifying time of 42.15.
Butler earned his first Track Athlete of the Week award of the outdoor season, posting 23 points to help the Green & White to a team total of 166.33. Butler, like Moore, ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay that qualified for the ECAC Championships. He also helped the 4x400 team to a first-place finish, posting a time of 3:24.20.
Individually, the junior tallied a win in the 200-meter dash, taking the event with a time of 22.16. The time, Butler’s fastest of the outdoor season, earned him a qualification into the ECAC Championships, while also ranking him 34th in the Nation. He also tallied a second-place mark in the 400 with a time of 50.02.
Butler is the second-consecutive Bison to win the PAC Track Athlete of the Week award, joining teammate Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local), who earned the distinction last week.
The Bison men’s track team, who has earned three of the possible six weekly awards so far during the 2016 outdoor season, will return to the track on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, as they compete in the John Homon Open, hosted by the University of Mount Union.