2007-12-07 / Sports

Healed From Injury,Moore ,BC Look To Make Track Impact

By Elio Velez

The Beach Channel High School Winter Track team competed at the Mayor's Cup Championship at the Armory in Manhattan last year. Front Row: (L to R) Jordan Knutt, Edrick Vargas, Terrence Sutton, Daisean Brewster, Walter Williams. Back Row: (L to R) Slawomir Wloch, China Frasier, Assistant Coach Rahmein Hill, Steffon Polius, Devon Moore and Coach Jeffrey Kramer. File photo. The Beach Channel High School Winter Track team competed at the Mayor's Cup Championship at the Armory in Manhattan last year. Front Row: (L to R) Jordan Knutt, Edrick Vargas, Terrence Sutton, Daisean Brewster, Walter Williams. Back Row: (L to R) Slawomir Wloch, China Frasier, Assistant Coach Rahmein Hill, Steffon Polius, Devon Moore and Coach Jeffrey Kramer. File photo. At 11 a.m. on September 8, Devon Moore was feeling quite amped to step onto the field for the Beach Channel football team.

Thirty minutes later, Moore was inserted at wide receiver and ran a pattern in the middle of the field. Moore, a junior, missed the catch but just half a second later, Campus Magnet safety Datalia Holness didn't miss in making contact.

Moore was knocked to the floor and clutched his broken right collarbone, which immediately meant that his junior football season was over.

With the injury, Moore had to focus a few months earlier than he wanted and prepared for the indoor track and field season.

So far, the hard work has paid off. Moore's success last weekend was highlighted by finishing in second place in the 300 meter race at the PSAL Jim McKay Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory.

Moore finished only .22 seconds behind first place winner Horaine Edwards of Springfield Gardens. The Beach Channel runner has a record of 38.29 seconds, but he was unable to hold off his opponent, who finished the race with a time of38.7.

"My legs were a little tight but I felt good overall. I was very surprised. I'm used to finishing in the top 15," Moore said.

Moore feels better now but still thinks back to a lost football season.

"I just thought it was dislocated," Moore said of his initial thoughts of the injury. "It was tough to sit and watch the team play. I was ready to play for the varsity this year."

Moore had participated with the track team last year and has some success. He felt that the combination of being successful in both sports this year could get him a better chance of landing a scholarship.

But gaining strength and running laps isn't the only way to prepare for the rigors of participating in a race.

Coach Jeff Kramer has seen a better dedication from his runner. Moore gained 10 pounds to his now 5-9, 157 pound frame and improved on his running techniques.

"Devon is more focused this year. He wants to do well. He did phenomenal. He really loves running. He has a strong desire this year because he really wants to run and compete."

Moore also wants to help his team continue the success they had last year. Edrick Vargas and Terrence Sutton are two of the players who make up a roster which returns from last year basically intact. One of the highlights was finishing 5th out of 17 teams overall in the Queensborough championships last February.

But Moore says the team still has plenty to do as they participate in this Saturday's event title "A Night At the Sprints", which will take place at the Armory on 168th street in Washington Height starting at 4 p.m.

"I expect this team to do well. We're more experienced because we have to step up if we're going to compete against some of the top teams like Midwood and South Shore," Moore said.

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