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Moore to run track for Div. I UMES

‘Tomorrow is not promised. I want to do whatever I can do to my full ability,’ he says
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 10, 2018
Courtesy of: Mary Berquist Stephen Decatur senior Montrel Moore signs his National Letter of Intent to run track for Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Berlin high school two weeks ago. Pictured with Moore, seated, from left, are his cousin, Zebrina Rhem; aunt, Sullar Barfield; and his mother, Sherry Barfield, and in back, Decatur Track Coach Jody Stigler; his sister, Vermelle Moore; and teacher/mentor, Shanan Hohl.

(May 11, 2018) Stephen Decatur senior Montrel Moore always wanted to go to college. Getting to compete in track is an added bonus.

Moore will have that opportunity at Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he signed his National Letter of Intent to run track for the school two weeks ago.

“I was very excited. It was truly a blessing,” Moore said. “Knowing I was going to go to that school and [to be able to] run track on top of it was everything coming true. I just really wanted to go to college, then to see they were going to give me an opportunity to run there, I would take that any day.”

Moore received an athletic scholarship.

When he visited UMES, Moore said he liked the atmosphere. Everyone he met was friendly and welcoming, from the teachers, to students, track coaches and athletes.

“It seemed like I could get along with them. Everyone had the mindset to be bigger than what they could be,” he said.

He decided to go to UMES because “it was close to home and when I actually went there, I felt like I was at home.”

“When I got there I was really comfortable,” he said. “It was a really big decision with all the other options. I felt like I would feel more comfortable there, and my family really liked it.”

Moore, 18, has been a member of the Decatur outdoor track team for four years. His main events are the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He also runs in relay races.

He competed on the Decatur indoor track team during his junior and senior years. He ran in the 55- and 300-meter events, along with relay races.

“His contributions to the team have been essential to the success of the team over the last few years,” Decatur Track Coach Jody Stigler said.

He also played football for three seasons and basketball for two.

“Montrel has also been active in the community, volunteering with Worcester County Public Schools and Atlantic General Hospital,” Stigler said. “It is evident that Montrel shows the same level of commitment and work ethic in all of his pursuits.

“Montrel is a very hard worker in practice and can always be counted on to set a good example for his younger teammates,” Stigler continued. “I believe that these qualities will lead Montrel to great success as he continues his athletic and academic pursuits in the future.”

With a few weeks left in the Decatur outdoor track season, Moore hopes to compete in the regional meet and qualify for states.

“I just want to leave it all out on the track,” he said. “I go into every track meet like it’s my last. Anything can happen. Tomorrow is not promised. I want to do whatever I can do to my full ability.”

At UMES, Moore plans to major in exercise science. He would like to be a physical therapist.

“My goals for college is to get my degree and not just stop at one point, but keep progressing each and every way that I can, knowing that I can be more than I ever thought I could be,” he said. “That’s what I want to do school-wise.

“Going to college to run track, I never thought I would do that,” he continued. “It’s a really big accomplishment. Now it’s just seeing what I can actually do [and] what my body will let me do.”

Moore said he is grateful for his support system.

“I just want to thank my coaches and my family, the teachers and everybody that was supportive in the community, and telling me I did a good job even if I thought I did bad,” Moore said.

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