Sandusky's Moore clears legal hurdle, will run at state meet

SANDUSKY The nation's top hurdler will run for a state title after he was cleared of drug charges.
AnthonyMoujaes
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The nation's top hurdler will run for a state title after he was cleared of drug charges.

Blue Streaks senior Dailyn Moore will compete at the 102nd annual state track and field tournament in Columbus Friday and Saturday, the Sandusky Athletic Department said Monday.

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Moore's participation in the meet was in question after he was arrested by Sandusky city police early Saturday morning on charges of drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those charges were dismissed Monday morning in Sandusky Municapal Court after the results of Moore's urine drug test, submitted Saturday, came back negative.

"Dailyn's situation this past weekend was an unfortunate one, but we are glad he has been cleared of all charges and will be able to compete in the upcoming state competition," Sandusky athletic director Susan Sackett said in a statement.

The city prosecutor, Lynne Gast-King, can recommend the judge dismiss charges pending the results of a clean drug test.

Municipal Court Judge Erich O'Brien examined the results and dismissed both charges since Moore "was clean across the board," O'Brien said.

Moore, who accepted a track scholarship to Clemson University, was relieved the charges were cleared, but declined further comment outside the court room.

Moore will also compete in the 300 hurdles after placing second in the region, and owns the top time in the 110-meter hurdles in the nation at 13.44 seconds.

The only junior to place in Columbus a year ago when he ran a 14.40 to finish fourth, Moore is on pace to win a state title Saturday. He will run the first heat of the 110 hurdles Friday's Division I contest and is the only participant of the 16-man field who qualified in less than 14 seconds (13.97) at the regional level. The top eight times qualify for the finals Saturday.

The state meet record is 13.4 seconds, set by former Cleveland Glenville and Ohio State star Ted Ginn Jr.

Moore was a four-time Greater Buckeye Conference track MVP, setting the meet record in the 110 hurdles May 15 at Strobel Field as the Streaks won the league crown for the first time since joining the league five years ago.

Sophomore DeMarr Adcock, fourth in the 200-meter dash, is the other state qualifier for Sandusky, which won the district title in Tiffin on May 22.

Moore, 18, and Fred McDonald, 19, were arrested at 1:15 a.m. Saturday -- hours after the hurdler won the regional title in Pickerington and qualified for the state meet -- when Sandusky police were called by the Ohio Division of Watercraft to Big Island Reserve near the Cedar Point Causeway.

Officers saw McDonald, seated in the passenger seat of Moore's 1999 Dodge, roll a cigar wrap into a blunt with marijuana, according to a police report, and McDonald pushed the blunt onto the ground when he noticed the officers.

Sandusky police arrived and searched the car, finding rolling papers next to the driver's seat and a plastic bag of suspected marijuana under the driver seat.

Moore, who was in the driver's seat, denied knowing about the marijuana. He and McDonald were charged with drug abuse and paraphernalia. Charges against McDonald were also dismissed after he passed a drug test Monday, and neither he or Moore had any prior criminal offenses.

A third passenger in the back seat was not charged.