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Spoto’s Moate doubtful for regional meet

Posted Apr 18, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 09:13 AM

Spoto junior sprinter Eric Moate, who badly sprained a hamstring in the 100-meter finals of last week’s district meet, is unlikely to compete in Thursday’s regional at Titusville Astronaut, Spartans coach John Rhodus said.

“We’ll probably take him with us (to the meet) but it’s not looking good for him,” Rhodus said of Moate’s status for the Class 2A-Region 3 meet. “I’m hoping we can get our 4x400 (relay) qualified so he could have a chance to run that next week at state, but I’m worried about having enough guys for that.”

The problem there for Rhodus is that Spoto’s senior prom is the same day as the Class 2A state championships, April 28, and his 4x400 squad—Tim Adams, Kelvin Gant, Darrin Morris and Geronimo Allison—is made up entirely of seniors.

Rhodus said Moate could take the place of a senior that opts to go to the prom. But as of Wednesday, Rhodus said Moate had not seen a doctor about his strained hamstring, which caused him to collapse to the track halfway into the 100 final at his district meet. Moate is qualified for regionals in the high jump but the injury kept him from advancing in the 100 and 200, events he was expected to earn medals in at the state meet.

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