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Moore medals Kyle Moore won two gold medals and set a long jump record at last week’s EPC Track and Field Championships

The Emmaus boys track and field team finished third at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships, held at Whitehall’s Zephyr Sports Complex.

The Green Hornets earned 75 points, behind champion Parkland with 144 and second-place Stroudsburg with 87.5.

Picking up the most individual points for Emmaus was junior jumper Kyle Moore, who won a pair of events and took ninth in another.

Moore took first place in the long jump and triple jump while placing ninth in high jump.

His gold-medal long jump of 24-10 1/4 set a meet record that was previously held by NFL wide receiver Jahan Dotson (Nazareth). Moore got the record on his final jump after he had already secured the title at 23-10.

“I didn’t even know what the record was,” he said after the event.

While a crowd cheering his final jump fueled Moore to leap further than he had before, he had some other motivation. Just minutes before his final long jumps, Moore was part of a Hornet 4x100 meter relay team that was winning before a bad handoff ended their race with 100 meters left.

“In the 4x100 I missed the baton so I was kind of jumping with anger because I messed up,” he said.

“I ran to early and too fast. We were ahead and I thought we were going to win.”

Moore won the long jump by over two feet as second-place Zahir Williams-Dennis (East Stroudsburg South) finished at 22-10.

Moore’s triple jump of 46-9 1/4 put him ahead of second-place Kevin Polonia of Stroudsburg, who jumped 46-5 1/2. Moore followed that performance with a ninth-place finish in high jump at 5-11.

While Moore was the only Hornet boys athlete to come away with gold, a few others did earn some hardware.

Blaise Verrastro finished second in the 200-meter dash in 22.34.

Three Hornets took third-place medals at leagues as Evan Loro was third in long jump (22-2 1/2);

Lucian Freeman took third in high jump (6-3) and the 4x800 relay team of Tyler Finck, Brett Pavec, Miles Cook, Jared Petre were third in 8:05.52.

Earning fourth-place medals were Tyler Grabinski (pole vault, 12-0) and Haven Tarbox (javelin, 167-7).

Dylan Darville just missed a medal with a fifth-place performance in shot put at 45-7.

Other Hornet boys who competed at leagues include Josiyah Banks (6th in long jump, 21-6; 14th in triple jump, 42-3), Joshua Lynds (6th triple in jump 44-2), Jackson Schneider (8th in discus, 121-2), Carl Owusu-Anim (9th in discus, 120-11), Tyler Finck (9th in 800, 2:00.45), Tyriq Smith (9th in javelin, 153-9), Luke Striano (10th in javelin, 153-9), Benjamin Mercado (10th in shot put, 42-9 1/4, 4x400 relay team of Tyler Finck, Brett Pavec, Jared Petre and Blaise Verrastro (10th in 3:37.69), EJ Boney (11th in shot put, 42-7 1/4), Jared Petre (11th in 800, 2:01.52), Del Tyler 11th in long jump, 19-7), Maxwell Kennedy (11th in pole vault, 11-6), Lucian Facchiano (11th in 110H, 16.3), Timothy Smith (12th in 300H, 43.29; 17th 110H, 17.27), Brett Pavec 12th in 400, 52.82), Konstantin Panagopoulos (13th in long jump 22-2 1/2; 15th in high jump, 5-7; 17th in triple jump, 40-9), Gabriel Kabba (15th in high jump, 7-9), Dylan Smith 13th in 110H, 16.48; 13th 300H, 43.51), Tyler Shotwell (15th in discus, 114-2), Damr Gilzeane (15th in 400, 53.59), Kai Mattern 15th in 800, 2:02.88, Shane Pratt (16th in 200, 23.28), Miles Cook (18th in 400, 53.98), Oscar Felegy (18th in 800, 2:03.62), Dylan Swartwood (19th in shot put, 40-1 1/4), Donavan McCargo (19th in 100, 11.44), Conor Fisher (21st in 800, 2:07.12), Hunter Beitler (22nd in triple jump, 39-5.25), Reagan Breisch (23rd in 110H, 18.02) and Tylik Jarvis (27th in 100, 11.78).

The Hornets will return to Whitehall High School’s track and field complex this week for the District 11 Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday with invitations to the state championships on the line.

PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Kyle Moore won gold medals in triple jump and long jump at last week's league championships. His long jump mark set a meet record.