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Moore speeds through trip to Iceland

Plainfield North's Marcellus Moore celebrates after coming in first during the Class 3A 4x100-Meter Relay on May 26 during the Boys Track & Field State Finals at at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Plainfield North's Marcellus Moore celebrates after coming in first during the Class 3A 4x100-Meter Relay on May 26 during the Boys Track & Field State Finals at at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

The term “world-class speed” is one that often is overused.

But in the case of Plainfield North’s Marcellus Moore, that term is most definitely apt.

Moore recently was part of a contingent of eight athletes from the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation that traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, to compete in the Reykjavik International Games, a two-week multi-sport festival of events with international athletes that included a one-day indoor track meet.

“I was invited by the NSAF to go, and they flew me out there. It was really an awesome experience,” Moore said.

Moore wasted no time showing off his skill set, blazing through the preliminary rounds of the 60-meter dash before winning the final in 6.71 seconds, a new personal record for Moore in the event. Before the event, Moore already was ranked first in the U.S. for athletes younger than 18 in the 60-meter and 200-meter events (21.23).

“I thought my performance went really, really well,” Moore said.

Moore joined forces with three athletes who also were a part of the NSAF contingent to compete in the 800 relay at the event. Moore, running lead-off in the race, played a part in the team’s 1:26.4 victory.

“It went well, especially since none of us had ever really practiced together,” Moore said.

The event included both amateur and professional runners making Moore’s success all the more noteworthy.

Moore, a junior, is just starting to ramp up for the spring track and field season and will next compete in the Kentucky Relays on Feb. 16. He is the defending Class 3A state champion in the 100 (10.31) and 200 (21.31) dashes. The 100-meter time is the top returning time for any high school athlete in the nation.

Moore’s time isn’t solely being spent on burning up the track. That speed has also drawn the attention of many Division I football programs. Moore recently visited both the University of Illinois and Purdue University in an effort to get an idea of what might work for him in continuing his career as a dual-sport athlete in college.

“I definitely want to pursue both sports in college,” Moore said. “It seems like a majority of the schools that I’ve talked to are open to letting me do that.”

Moore played both wide receiver and running back for the Tigers last season, and his ability to make plays with his breakway speed isn’t lost on some of the nation’s top football programs.

It continues to be a busy time for Moore, but he’s got his priorities in line.

“It calls for time management,” Moore said. “And I need to make sure I’ve got all of my school work in order so I can travel and do the things I want to do to compete.”