ALL-AREA TRACK BOYS’ FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: North Hardin’s Moore takes the award


North Hardin’s Josh Moore rounded out the season with a third place finish at the state meet in the high jump.

“It felt good and the competition was really good,” Moore said.

Moore has worked hard in the gym and on the track throughout the season and is glad the hard work paid off.

“I got in the gym and took practice serious more and I went out there like that was my last day running track,” he said.

Moore went into every event with a mindset to improve from his last performance and giving it his all.

“I have to improve each day and be the best I can be,” Moore said.

With his performances this year, Moore has been selected as the All-Area Field Athlete of the Year by the seven area coaches and The News-Enterprise sports staff. He earned four first-place votes from the coaches that voted and tallied 26 points. Elizabethtown’s Baker was second, totaling 19 points with one first-place vote. Ayeni was third with 14 points and he received two first-place votes. Voting was done on a 5-3-1 scale and coaches couldn’t vote for their players.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I want to be the best athlete in this area and that is a really big goal for me.”

Moore has his sights set on running in college and said his time at North Hardin has prepared him well for that next step.

“It has prepared me for college track because of my work ethic and the way I work in the off season,” Moore said.

Moore’s favorite part about being a member of the North Hardin track and field team is the coaches and strong team chemistry.

“The coaches and the team the bonding and the work they have for me and the talent they see in me,” he said.

Moore participates in high jump, long jump, triple jump and 4-by-4.

“My favorite is field events because it’s my own events and I have to go out there everyday like there’s someone better than me.”

“Coach Ivin Youngblood is a tremendous high jump coach and he’s done a wonderful job with Josh,” Coach Antonio Jackson said. “Josh is a high character, high quality kid, comes from a great family.”

Jackson mentioned how Moore is always ready to learn and get better to perfect his craft in feilding events.

“He has the will to win and has a great attitude,” he said. “He’s a student of his craft and is always willing to learn. His improvement is within his desire to stay consistent.”

Jackson loves how competitive Moore is and the fight he has in him to win.

“What makes him great is that he’s a competitor and loves to compete, hates to lose but gracious in defeat. I like his confidence,” Coach Antonio Jackson said about Moore.

Entering his senior year, Moore is ready to get back to the state meet and win an event. He is also looking to improve and receive some scholarships from schools to further his education and athletic dreams.

“I hope to get scholarships and make it to state again and accomplish more things and do better than I did last year,” he said.

Zachery Combest can be reached at 270-505-1754 or

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