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Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida

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Fri. June 19, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Gaither's Samson Moore named Gatorade track athlete of the year for Florida

Samson Moore was named the state’s Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year on Friday.

Moore, who recently graduated from Gaither, is the first male athlete from the bay area to win the award since former Gibbs standout Trayvon Bromell (now at Baylor) in 2013 and the first from Hillsborough County since former Jesuit distance runner Andy Biladeau in 2005.

Moore, also HomeTeam's track athlete of the year for Hillsborough County, now is eligible for the national award, which will be announced later this month.

This season, no one was as dominant as Moore in the 300 hurdles. He won his signature event at every major regular-season meet, including the Charles Johnson Invitational and USF/George Steinbrenner Invitational. The postseason was more of the same, with Moore taking first in the 300 hurdles at districts and regionals, and capping off his high school career with his first state title at the 3A meet.

At the state meet, Moore said he was focused mostly on running a clean race. He not only did that, but finished with a time of 36.53 - 0.52 seconds off the state record. That mark also is tied for second in the nation this season.

Moore was consistent, recording top-six finishes at state in each of the past three seasons - all in different events. As a freshman, he was the state runnerup in the 110 hurdles. He took sixth in the 200 as a sophomore and sixth in the 300 hurdles as a junior. His finish in the 300 hurdles last season, though, was disappointing because he was in position to win before stumbling over a hurdle toward the end. That setback served as a powerful motivator for Moore throughout this season.

Moore’s hurdling career will continue at Liberty.

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