CASTRO VALLEY -- As Castro Valley High track and field star Nate Moore left the pit after his sixth-round attempt in the boys triple jump in the state track and field championship finals this year, he looked upset.
Never mind that he had just jumped farther than all but one of his competitors on that attempt, and that he had won the event on his previous jump. Moore's pursuit for excellence was evident.
"That last jump was big," Moore said. "I was so mad. If I had planted my feet (right), it would have been 52 (feet)."
Instead, it was 50-63/4, and Moore was half way toward making history. Later in the meet, Moore became the first high school male athlete to win California state titles in both the long jump and triple jump in consecutive years.
The Oregon-bound Moore didn't just squeak by with victories, either. He set a national best this season in any conditions with his winning triple jump of 51-4, and achieved a wind-legal national best in the long jump with an outstanding mark of 25-83/4. It was the best mark in the event at the state championship finals since 1989. Moore also was the all-condition national leader in the long jump (25-10), and he won the North Coast Section Meet of Champions titles in both events.
For his outstanding season, Moore has been named Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
"It was a great success," said Moore about his season. "Even though there were some personal goals I didn't get, in terms of the whole team I couldn't ask for anything better."
Castro Valley's boys team won the NCS Meet of Champions team title and was second at the state championships. Moore was also a member of the 400 relay team that placed second in the state finals.
Moore showed at the state championships that he thrives under pressure. He took the lead for good in both the triple jump and long jump on his first attempts in the finals and improved on those marks later in each competition.
"I want those big moments to prove myself. I want to prove that I'm the best jumper in the nation," he said.
"Nate has always really been gifted," Castro Valley coach Dooney Jones said. "I just try to coach him to be more and more competitive, to step up to the challenge."