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Coatesville’s Moore caps tough season with silver in triple jump at states

By Brett R. Crossley
For MediaNews Group

SHIPPENSBURG >> Naheem Moore spent the entire indoor season and a good portion of the outdoor track and field season rehabbing from an injury.

He slowly worked his way back and started to trust his body again, but with just two weeks before the District 1 meet and just another week after that for the PIAA Track and Field Championships, it was easy to see just how rushed Moore was in his preparation.

Despite the limited time to prepare for the two biggest meets of the season, Moore qualified for the state meet and set his sights on helping Coatesville contend for a team championship. During his second attempt in the triple jump, Moore did just that, as he hit a long of 48-0. It was a personal best and it came moments after he hit a career long of 47-0.

“I’m coming back from injury and I was just excited to go out there and get it,” Moore said. “We have an actual chance to win the state meet this year and I have to do everything I can to contribute.”

Moore did more than just contribute. His long jump of 48-0 was good enough for a second-place finish. Prior to his setting his personal best for a first time with a 47-0, Moore clapped to get the crowd going as he approached the runway.

The triple jump is in a special area next to the stands on the far side of Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg. The extra claps and cheers appeared to help Moore as he leaped through for a 47-0. It was a personal best until he topped it in the next jump for his long of 48-0.

“It affects people differently, but I know for me if I need that extra spunk to get my legs back to where they need to be — get the clap going really quick,” Moore said. “We haven’t had a state championship since 19-whatever and it just feels special to try and help the team anyway I can.”

Moore’s teammate, Dymere Miller, won the opening heat of the 200. He finished with a 21.59 to post the quickest time in the prelims. Downingtown East’s Zach DeLone was right behind him with a 21.68.

As Moore did his best to help Coatesville with the larger goals of competing for a state championship, Downingtown East’s Ethan Robinson was simply trying to earn his spot in the finals as he took on the field in both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

“I know at the district meet I didn’t do as well as I wanted to do,” Robinson said. “I just kept drilling my trail leg and it wasn’t as good as it needed to be. If I can just work on my trail leg more, I think I can go faster. It wasn’t the best today.”

It might not have been the best, but it was good enough for a semifinals appearance as Robinson posted a 14.85 in the 110 and 39.06 in the 300 hurdles. He qualified for today’s races in both events.

“I’m just going to take a little break and get food and continue to stretch it out,” Robinson said of preparation for the semifinals and beyond. “If I can get that good, I’ll be able to put down a good time in the 300.”

Robinson wanted to post a 14.6 or lower in the event, but pushed himself through the finish and earned a second chance to improve on his time.

Wiltricia Snoh kicked off a busy day at the with a run in the 4×100. She then went on to compete in the 100 and 200 as she attempted to reach the finals or semifinals in each of the events.

“I try to just focus on each race as it comes up,” Snoh said. “I try to forget that have a lot to do and just give everything I can for the race at the moment. It’s really about keeping focused and staying strong throughout the day.”

In the 100, Snoh reached the semifinals with a time of 12.27, which was good enough for the fourth fastest time in the semifinal heat.

Snoh quickly caught her breath, regained her focus after the race, and forgot about it as fast as she could. She quickly moved away from the track and started to prepare for the 200. In the 4×100, Coatesville posted a 48.02 to reach the finals later today.

“It was kind of crazy, because I had to put a lot of effort to get here and it’s nice to see my hard work pay off,” Snoh said. “After the races I’m going to cool down and just chill out for a little then I’ll get ready for it again.”

Snoh’s teammate Sammie Miller reached the semifinals in the 800 with a time of 2:16.45. Bishop Shanahan’s Jonah Hoey qualified for the semifinals in the 1,600 run after he posted a 4:18.69 in the event’s second heat.



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