Nate Moore, a Fremont resident and incoming junior at Bishop O'Dowd High, won a pair of gold medals last week at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, Tex.
Moore captured gold in the boys long jump and triple jump in the 15-16-year old intermediate categories.
"It was pretty tough," Moore said. "There was some stiff competition. There was a guy who's been ranked higher than me that I finally got to compete against for the first time."
Moore won the triple jump in a personal best 48 feet, 3 1/4 inches. He won the long jump in 23-7.
The toughest competitor might have been the Houston heat, with temperatures over 100 degrees.
"I almost passed out a couple of times," Moore said.
It was particularly satisfying for Moore to get back into the triple jump after missing out on competing in that event during the high school postseason. He fouled out in the triple jump at the Hayward Area Athletic League championships, preventing him from moving on.
"It was real good to get back in my wheelhouse," Moore said of the triple jump, his preferred event.
Moore won the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the long jump and took fourth at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships. The two Junior Olympic gold medals should provide a boost when the next high school season rolls around.
"It's definitely going to help with my confidence going into this high school season," Moore said.
"This makes me hungrier to come out this high school season and go win the state gold and prove that I'm the best jumper in the country," Moore said. "That's what I want to accomplish."