The grandson of a Conway city councilman is in Austin, Texas, this week preparing to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championship.
Martice Moore, a member of the track and field team at the University of Louisville, was nominated Saturday for the possibility of being named East Regional Athlete of the Year.
Moore set two school track records on two consecutive days in the 400m hurdles in the NCAA Eastern Regionals held at the University of North Florida to win his way to the national championship.
His grandparents are Conway City Councilman Larry White, Rita White and Barbara Ewing of Conway. A group from Conway planned before the championship began to head to Texas for the big event.
Moore’s semifinal events will kick off Wednesday evening.
The Louisville senior won the second heat of the 400m hurdles quarterfinals, finishing second overall to clinch his spot in the NCAA Championships. His time of 49.85 bested his 50.73 school record run set in the first round the day before. This will be his second NCAA Championship appearance in the 400m. He advanced during his sophomore season, earning honorable mention All-America honors.
The champion hurdler was born and raised in Atlanta. He ran track at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., under the coaching of Cedric Sapp. The group of Moore supporters that attended the Eastern Regionals consisted of parents, grandparents, cousins, friends and a former high school teammate and opponent.
The University of Louisville track and field team punched four more tickets to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Championships on the second day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round on a recent Friday afternoon.
Moore, son of Denise White and the late Martice Moore and stepson of Keith Banks, hopes to compete in the hurdles in the 2020 Olympics.
He’s a graduating senior at The University of Louisville with a major in sports administration and a minor in communications. This student athlete is a hurdler on the track and field team and, in his four years, has left his mark on this team.
As the only hurdler on the team for his first two years, Moore was able to push himself to compete with some of the best hurdlers in the country. His personal best in the 110 hurdles is 14.01 and in the 400 hurdles is 50.97. With his teammates, he currently holds two school records in the 4x400 indoor (3:10.46) and outdoor (3:07.87) relay.
In 2017-18, Moore competed in four outdoor events and four indoor events, competed in 60m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 200m, 400m and 400m hurdles, qualified for NCAA East Preliminary Round, finished sixth in 400m hurdles at ACC Outdoor Championships with time of 52.27, took first in 400m hurdles at Lyles/Wood Invitational, posted team-best times in 60m (indoor), 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
In 2016-17, in both indoor and outdoor seasons, Moore set a career best in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.05, ran a personal record in the indoor 400m with a time of 47.87, recorded a career best in the 110m hurdles at the Louisville Invitational, placed third in the 110m hurdles at the ACC Outdoor Championships for first team All-ACC honors, earned second team All-ACC honors in the 400m hurdles, set a 400m hurdle personal record for 11th place at NCAA East Preliminaries with a time of 50.97 to advance to the NCAA Championships where he earned honorable mention All-American honors, picked up two first-place finishes in the 400m hurdles at the UT Rustbuster and the Louisville Invitational and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries as a part of the 4x400m relay team.
In 2015-16, Moore competed in the 110mh and the 400mh events, placed first in the 110mh at the Louisville Invitational with a season best 14.28, took second in the 400mh at the Louisville Invitational with a season best 51.36, took fifth at the ACC Championships in the 400mh with a time of 52.14, placed second in the 110mh at the Memphis Invitational with a time of 14.31.
As a prep student he won a regional championship in 2015, was a two-time all-county selection, three-time team captain, was a member of a team that won 4x4 relay in county and regional championships and lettered in football.
His his Godmothers are Keisha and Ms."GG". He and his family are especially grateful to his coaches in Atlanta and at Louisville.