GENEVA, Ohio - Jamestown senior Mitchell Moore cruised to an impressive new JHS 400-meter indoor record yesterday at the Spire Institute High School March Madness Track Invitational.
Moore won the event, crossing the finish line in a blistering 50.35 FAT and breaking his own record of 51.7 he established last season at the Penn State Invitational.
Less than 20 minutes later he followed that effort up with an impressive 23.23 in the 200 meters, finishing a close second.
All this could be considered insignificant were it not for the fact that he underwent knee surgery in late October after a collision in his last soccer match of the season. The meet at Spire was his first since the injury occurred.
"Mitch wasn't going to be denied his senior year on the track and he immediately started his rehab while still on crutches," said coach Ron Graham. ''Steve Sipior and I had the option of running him indoors after his recovery and rehab. He was cleared to run at the end of December, but we decided to use the indoor season to make sure he was 100 percent healthy and to work on all the weakness we knew he had from last season.''
Moore has been contacted and is being recruited by a number of NCAA Division 1 schools and this performance confirms their interest even though it's only one meet. His one meet performance ranks him eighth in New York and in the top 15 nationally indoors.
''It's exciting to think of what that performance could have been if he had raced the entire indoor season, but we know we made the right decision," Graham said. "Just about all of his training thus far has consisted of pool work, long hill sprints and four to five days a week in the weight room. Outdoors with warmer weather we will add speed into his training plan. He's going to fly"
Moore was the Section 6 400 meter hurdle champion and state qualifier last year and he's looking to repeat that performance this season.