Before his final triple jump attempt at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships, Castro Valley High's Nate Moore saw his coach, Dooney Jones, in the stands and told him his leg was bothering him.
Moore had injured his right knee on his final long jump attempt, an event that he won with a leap of 24 feet, 113/4 inches (wind-legal). He told Jones that his leg hurt, but he wanted to take his last jump.
"This is what you will be know for right here. ... These are the legendary moments," Jones said.
Moore proceeded to soar 50 feet, 113/4 inches (wind-legal), the winning mark in an extraordinary day for the junior. Moore became the first athlete since 1984 to win the California state boys titles in both the long jump and the triple jump in the same season. He is also the first Bay Area boy since 2004 to win two individual events at the state championships.
His winning triple jump mark leads the state and is ranked No. 3 in the nation for wind-legal jumps this season, according to DyeStat.com.
His long jump mark is No. 4 in the nation (wind-legal) and No. 2 in the state this season.
For his outstanding accomplishments, Moore has been named the Bay Area News Group-East Bay Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
"I went out and basically accomplished everything I wanted to this year. It was a success. Now I have to strive for greater things," Moore said.
Moore was able to excel at the state championships despite another late-season injury. He suffered a left quadriceps injury at the North Coast Section Bay Shore Area Championships, where he won both the triple jump and long jump. Then, he aggravated the injury at the NCS Meet of Champions, where he was second in both of those events.
"It motivated me a lot," said Moore about placing second in both events at the NCS Meet of Champions. "This whole season, I never wanted to lose twice in one weekend. I said I can not let this happen (at the state championships)."