March 9 – NEW ORLEANS, La. – Bethany College track & field senior standouts, 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.
A three-time All-American honoree, Moore adds two more accolades to his list of accomplishments, earning his first-two All-Regional honors. During the course of the 2015-16 indoor season, Moore earned a top-three finish in both jumps a total of seven times, including winning both events twice.
One of his wins in the triple jump came at the Otterbein Invitational on January 16, where he posted a leap of 45-04.50, his best mark of the season. He won the long jump in his most recent outing, the Polar Bear Final Qualifier on March 5, tallying a jump of 22-01.75.
His top performance of the season came at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships, where he won both events, including posting his best long jump mark of the season (23-02.75). For his efforts, he was also named Co-Field MVP and overall meet MVP for the second-straight year.
“Umar has been one of the most dominant jumpers in the region over the past four years,” commented PAC Indoor Track Coach of the Year, Andy Upton. “He jumped very well throughout the year, but just missed out on Nationals this season due to a tiebreaker. He is very deserving of this award.”
Minger had another solid indoor season in helping the Bison indoor track team to their second-straight PAC Championship. He totaled 12 top-five finishes on the year, picking up three individual victories and another in the 4x400 relay.
His top event, in which he earned All-Region honors, was the 400-meter run, in which he posted four top-five finishes over the course of the year. His top time of the season came at the SPIRE Midwest Open where he posted a mark of 49.34.
Minger notched one win in the 400 during the 2015-16 indoor season, capturing the PAC Championship in the event on February 25. His PAC crown in the indoor 400 marked his fourth-straight title in the event.
“Kyle has been one of the most competitive athletes that I have ever had the opportunity to coach,” remarked Upton. “This season was the best of his indoor career, with every meet giving him the opportunity to impress; an opportunity which he never squandered.
Both Umar and Kyle had a great indoor season and are very deserving of this award. I’m looking forward to seeing what the outdoor season has in store for them as they finish out their careers.”