For most high school seniors on a visit to their future college, the go-to souvenir is likely a T-shirt. Yoakum senior Joshua Moore opted for a gold medal on Friday.
Competing in the University Interscholastic League’s state meet, Moore won the Class 3A long jump. Moore entered as the favorite in the event and lived up to that billing at Myers Stadium. Wearing a Texas sweatshirt during his warm-ups, Moore led the entirety of the competition. His second leap of 23 feet, 2.75 inches was the winning mark.
— Michelyn Hall Moore (@mshallmoore) May 11, 2018
“I was hungry for this gold medal,” said Moore, who will run a leg on Yoakum’s 400-meter relay team later in the day. “When I got it, it was a very emotional moment. Me and my coach, we shed some tears. It’s a dream come true.”
Moore said he will join UT’s track and field team in 2019. Texas fans, however, will next see him on the football field.
Moore is a four-star member of UT’s 2018 recruiting class. On Friday, Moore expects to contribute this upcoming season as a slot receiver and a returner of kicks and punts.
Moore will not be the only future Longhorns at Myers Stadium this weekend. Before he competes for snaps at running back this fall, Keaontay Ingram will represent Carthage in the Class 4A triple jump and 400-meter relay on Saturday.
UT track and field signees Olivia Bunton (Class 6A pole vault), Kynnedy Flannel (Class 6A 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash), Warren Miller (Class 3A pole vault), Sean Prendeville (Class 6A 800-meter dash) and Valery Tobias (Class 3A 800-meter dash, 400-meter dash, high jump) will also compete in the UIL showcase.
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