Moorer's determination has paved path to state

At last year’s regional meet, Cameron’s Brittney Moorer capped off her sophomore campaign with a 15th place and a throw of 32’2”. For most 15 to 16 year olds, getting to that point of a season is a major accomplishment. The experience was undoubtedly beneficial to the Yoe track star, but like most great athletes, the desire for more was there.


Fast forward a year, and Moorer is now in a position to compete for a state championship after winning the regional meet - this time with a long throw of 37’22.15”.


“I definitely was more motivated this year,” said Mooroer. “I think I grew as a person and a athlete. I just knew I wanted to get further than last year.”


Before capturing gold at regionals, Moorer had taken care of business at both the district and area meets with first place finishes.


Her coach, Wanda White, has been there every week of that journey. “Last year at regionals when she did not make it to the finals we talked about it being the goal next year,” said White. “She did what I asked during the off season and prepared starting in February while she played soccer.”


Moorer added that White has been a major part of her progression through her career.


“The most influential person in my journey to state is Coach Wanda White,” said Moore. “She's been there since I was in seventh grade. When I don't believe in myself, she's there to believe for me. I owe my success to her.”


Competing at state if big enough, but for Moorer, being part of a tradition rich program that has a reputation of sending athletes to state is equally as important.


“It means the world to represent Yoe at the track meet,” said Moorer. “It's a great school with awesome traditions and a strong support system. I'm paving the way for the younger throwers.”


Head track coach Corey Cunningham is in his first year with the program, but is also well aware of the personal accomplishment and how it can positively impact the program.


“This is huge for Brittney individually and for the entire Lady Yoe track program,” said Cunningham. “It was our goal as coaches to rebuild and restore the program. This year we took a big step forward. Having Brittney win district, area, regionals, and advance to state was a major accomplishment and one that we can build on.”


Moorer joins an elite group of Lady Yoe track athletes, some of which have competed at state in the same event as her.


“It's a continued legacy as far as the throws team goes,” said White. Amanda, Cherella and Kausion were all medal winners at state and part of the dynasty that Coach Richter instilled. I believe up until last year we had a 23 year run of state qualifiers.”


Moorer will throw from Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas on Friday afternoon with eight of the best shot put throwers in 3A. Moorer will not change a thing in what has gotten her here.


“I'm very superstitious on track meet day,” said Moorer. “I don't things in a certain order. I never break my cycle. I'm usually not very nervous. I get in a focused mode, and I don't speak to anyone but Coach White. I just focus on the task at hand.”


White’s message to Moorer on the big day: “Enjoy the moment. She has worked hard to get there and a lot of others wished that they could be in this moment. Represent her family and her school and the continued legacy of the lady yoe throwers who competed in those same rings.”


The 3A girls shot put is scheduled to begin on 3:00 p.m.