A boy who loves to run. William Moore-Oates fits that profile, only add competitive, hard-working, and successful. Achieving more hardware in his 10 years than most, Moore-Oates is one of the few Indiana participants to run track & field in the Junior Olympics.
As an incoming 5th grader at Mt. Comfort Elementary, Moore-Oates will compete in Junior Olympics on Wednesday, July 29th in Jacksonville, Florida in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long-jump competition for nine and ten year-olds. He will begin at 1:45 p.m. and the event can be seen live on www.usatf.tv.
Football and basketball are his other loves, and it was running/conditioning for football that brought him to enjoy track. A friend of the family saw Moore-Oates’ speed and encouraged him to participate in track.
He won a silver medal in the United States Track & Field (USTF) Chick-Fil-A 200 Classic in Noblesville, and also placed bronze in long-jump. Next, he qualified for the regional competition in Valparaiso with the 100 and the long-jump, and also received a silver medal in the 200.
Knowing the top five advance to the Junior Olympics, Moore-Oates placed a consistent fifth place in all three events at the regional USTF competition in Illinois. He told his mom before the events, “I got this. I got this.”
William’s mother, Tonya Moore, stated, “He knew exactly what he needed to do to qualify, he knew how to compete. My goal for him in the Junior Olympics is just to achieve a new personal best.”
Moore-Oates is planning on playing travel basketball for Mt. Vernon, and then run track for Mt. Vernon Middle School next year. Currently, he is in his first year running track for Indiana Storm Track & Field under coach Mike Vinson.
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation wishes William Moore-Oates best of luck at Junior Olympics!