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Moore breaking new ground in track

Anyone who follows college football recruiting knows that West Bolivar’s Kailo Moore is a highly-recruited running back prospect that led the Eagles to a Class 2A state title last year.
They know he’s got a ton of offers, from Ole Miss to Mississippi State to Alabama and so forth. Those same recruitniks also know that Moore is fast — very fast.
What some may not realize is just how fast Moore (5-foot-10, 185-pounds) really is, or better put, how fast he can be on the track and on the football field. The rising senior standout was an eyelash away from placing his name in the state meet record book Monday when he completed the 100 meter dash in 10.41 seconds to win an individual state title. His race not only got the crowd at Pearl High School buzzing, it did the same thing to the media contingent covering the meet. Moore’s time was just 0.2 seconds off the state record currently held by former Oxford High standout Horatio Williams, who signed to play wide receiver for Ole Miss before matriculating to Hinds CC, LSU and now Florida State to run track exclusively.
The biggest difference between Moore and Williams, outside of the finish, is that Moore can still come back and break the record where Williams accomplished it his senior year.
“I came in running pretty good. I had my mind focused on breaking the record. I fell a little short but I got another year to come back and break it again. I’m still pretty satisfied with my overall performance,” Moore said following the 100.
Moore entered Monday’s competition seeded fourth after running the 100 at 2A North Half in 10.8 seconds. He said he hadn’t given his full in previous competitions.
“I have different types of strategies in the way I run. I run the 200 meter and when I come out of the curl, I try to make my stride longer. When I come out of my drive, I open up my stride and that was taking longer so I said (Monday) I was going to run my regular race,” Moore said. “I wanted to start faster and real hard out of the blocks and drive around 30 meters and then come out and run a real fast time. My strength is closing in. I’ve been working on my start because that’s real important in a 100 meter race. I’m satisfied with my time today.”
West Bolivar’s track coach, Willie Thomas, realizes just how good Moore’s time was Monday and said that he has the potential to be a track-only star, if he decided to concentrate on the sport full-time.
“One thing people don’t understand is that we don’t have track facilities and how good he could be if we were able to do it all the time,” said Thomas about Moore, who ran a 10.84 in the 100 when he was in seventh grade. “The track season is so short. We really need to finish in June. He was able to do that as a junior and also in just six weeks of training.”
As good as Moore is in the 100, he is even better in the 200 because of his long stride. Moore didn’t compete in the 200 at the state meet because he was disqualified at North Half because officials said he started too early.
“The 200 is probably my best race but the 100 is my favorite,” Moore said. “I was just so anxious (before the 200 at North Half). I was feeling real good, very loose. The boy from (Shelby) Broad Street had snuck up on me the week before and got me by a tenth of a second because I wasn’t focused. I went into the 200 real comfortable, relaxed and I was anxious to run a 20.6. They said I got out too fast and ended up getting DQ’d.”
Moore’s personal-best time in the 100 is a 10.3 he ran at Ted Gormley Stadium in New Orleans last summer and his goal is to come back and put up the same time to break the state record next year.
This summer, he will a member of a select running team — the Mississippi Heat — that will he compete with when he’s not going to football camps.
“Track helps me a whole lot with football. Just the way I come out at track practice and train when I go to football practice and they give me the ball 25 times in practice and in games, it helps me a whole lot because I won’t be tired because of running track,” said Moore, who plans to play defensive back as well as running back in 2012. “Track has helped me a whole lot because at the beginning of the season, I was up to 193 pounds and I had a lot of fat on my body. (Dropping weight) helped me a whole lot. This summer I’m going to be going back and forth with football. Track is not going to be done until the first week in August.”
Thomas added that Moore wants to run track and play football in college and because he is such a highly recruited running back — has him rated as the seventh-best at his position in the nation — that some college track coaches have backed off from signing him just as a track athlete.
“If he decided to just run track, he would need to get down to 170, 175 to be a sprinter so he could be in the low 20s in the 200 and even lower 10s in the 100,” Thomas said. “He definitely has a future in track if he wants to just do that. I’ve told him to do both and when he gets older, he’ll figure it out on which one he wants to do.” (May 16, 2012, Page 6)

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