Castro Valley High boys track and field star Nate Moore couldn't believe the number he saw after his fourth long jump attempt Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays.
As he walked past the jumping board, he saw the number 26 at the end of the tape measure that was being used.
"I said, 'That can't be right.' I just kept walking," said the Oregon-bound senior. "When they put on the board 25-10, I was like, 'Wow.' I was shocked."
Moore had just sailed a wind-aided 25 feet, 10 inches to win the invitational session event. According to PrepCalTrack.com, it was the best all-conditions long jump by any high school athlete west of the state of Texas since James Stallworth's still-standing California high school record of 26-43/4 in 1989.
Even though the jump was aided by a 2.3 meters-per-second tailwind -- Moore said he was "devastated" when he heard that the jump was wind-aided -- it broke his previous personal record by a whopping 91/4 inches. All of a sudden, the state record is within Moore's reach.
"It's right there, six to seven inches. All it takes is one (jump)," Moore said.
Moore's first two attempts were 24-1 (wind-legal) and 24-7. Right before Moore's third attempt, Kingsburg's Joey Souza jumped a wind-aided 25-7, at the time the best all-conditions jump by a Californian in 24 years according to PrepCalTrack.com.
"The first thing I thought about was that that's incredibly far," said Moore, who scratched on his third attempt. "I just had to calm down."
But Moore was undaunted in his quest for the win.
"I don't really doubt that I can jump what someone else jumps in a competition," he said. "I have a mindset that anything you can do, I can do better. I wasn't really worried."
Moore jumped before the board on his 25-10 mark, which shows his potential for a bigger leap. "That 25-10 was 26-0," he said.
His 25-10 mark is the longest all-condition high school mark in the nation this season, according to DyeStat.com, and his best triple jump mark, a wind-legal 50-41/2, also leads the nation. Moore also won the invitational triple jump at the Mt. SAC relays with a mark of 49-41/4 (wind-legal). He won both the long jump and the triple jump at last year's CIF state championships.
Taking a long view: De La Salle senior star Marquis Morris, the defending state champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, is off to a great start in that race this season.
He is having even a better start in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Morris' time of 36.94 seconds in the 300 hurdles leads the state, according to PrepCalTrack.com. It also ranks fourth in the nation this season, according to DyeStat.com, and it is the third-fastest all-time mark for the event by an athlete attending a Contra Costa County high school.
The USC-bound Morris also had the No. 3 time in the state in the 110 hurdles (13.93).
"My 300 hurdles time has dipped farther than my 110 times mostly because I've been getting more comfortable running the 300 hurdles and I've been getting faster and stronger," Morris said.
Morris ran both of his season-best times at the Arcadia Invitational on April 12, and he was second in both invitational division races.
"Both races were extremely sloppy," Morris said.
"For him to run 36.9 in early April, we have a lot of track left. There's no telling what he's going to run in the 3s," said De La Salle coach John Harvey.