Buford's Moore zips into state tourney

NORCROSS - At barely 140 pounds, C.J. Moore has some growing to do for football. But the Buford freshman's speed is obvious.

Moore won the 100-meter dash in the Region 6-AA track and field championships Monday at Greater Atlanta Christian, giving Buford football fans a preview of what may be to come.

"It wasn't my best time, but I'm happy," the 5-foot-9 Moore said. "I'm just a freshman and I'm going to state."

Moore also made it in the 200-meter dash, placing second behind Cameron Parker of Decatur. The top two in each event qualified for the state championships at Jefferson the second weekend in May.

Moore got out of the blocks quickly in the 100, but was briefly behind Cross Key's Richard Feacher before closing fast to break the tape first. Moore was timed in 11.24 seconds and Feacher in 11.27.

"He had a long stride and passed me," Moore said. "But I was able to catch him and go ahead."

Moore, who also plays basketball, ran 10.9 seconds earlier this season, showing off his potential. His qualifying time on Saturday in the Region 6-AA meet was 11.1 seconds.

Moore got into a few varsity football games for Class AA state champion Buford last season and he should be a contributor next fall. "They say that I'll get to return punts and kickoffs," said the halfback and cornerback.

In the 200 meters, Moore didn't challenge Parker, who was timed in :22.47. Moore placed second in :22.80.

"My best event is the 100," Moore said.

Parker was a double winner, also taking the 400 meters with a time of :51.05.

Westminster's Stephon Shelton also won two events, taking the 100-meter hurdles in :14.70 and the 300 hurdles in :38.43.

Westminster easily won the team title, scoring 165 points to 99 for runner-up Lovett. GAC was fourth with 70 points and Buford sixth with 54.5 points.