For six years, Sandusky senior Dailyn Moore worked year-round for the 14 seconds that awaited him Saturday afternoon in the Division I 110-meter hurdles at the State Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Moore got out in front as usual, cruised to win the race in 14.12 seconds, then calmly walked off the track, grabbed a cup of water, sat down and bowed his head while pumping his fist to himself, finally saying the words he'd always dreamed of.
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"Words can't even explain it right now. ... All I want to do is smile," Moore said after winning the first track and field championship for Sandusky High in 14 years. "It's overwhelming to be standing here with this medal around my neck."
The race itself, like most races Moore competed in this season, wasn't close. Moore led from the first hurdle and never was threatened, evidenced by a second-place time of 14.49 seconds by Herman Washington of Gahanna Lincoln.
Moore was seeded with a time of 13.97 seconds, and ran 14.28 in Friday's preliminaries and 14.12 for the championship, but it still wasn't enough for the rest of the field to come close.
"Usually I have a bad start when I'm nervous, but today everything just clicked for me," Moore said. "The only thing wrong was I wasn't happy with my time, but besides that, I felt like I had a good race."
Moore's steady maturation was evident throughout his four years running for the Blue Streaks, as an appearance as a freshman saw Moore miss qualifying for the finals by .04 seconds with a run of 14.75.
He did not make it down to Columbus for the state meet as a sophomore because of an injury, and last year finished fourth in the event with a time of 14.40. He was the only junior among the 2008 medal winners in the event.
"Every time I would get beat in a race, I'd think of that freshman year at state when I was just sort of overwhelmed by it," Moore said. "My coach (Bob Sullivan) pushed me, I ran and ran, and today was the big pay off... It's like someone gave me a big check for a million dollars."
Sandusky's last track and field champion was Roberta Collins in 1995 in the discus, while Moore became the 21st title winner and the first boys champ at the school in nearly 40 years -- Dave Rather, Elmer Lippert, Lavon Jackson and Richard Deeter won the 880-yard relay in 1969 for the Blue Streaks.
One of Moore's goals was to put Sandusky athletics back on the map in terms of general exposure.
"I'm just happy I could represent the school well and get us some recognition," he said. "We're a good school, we've just been in a bit of a rut and needed something to kind of put us back out there and let people see us more and I'm glad I got to do that."
Despite wanting to erupt with joy, Moore was cautious to stay calm and collected after winning the title.
"I wanted to show my emotions, but I didn't want all these people to think I'm a show-off so I kept my composure," he said. "I'm finally the champ... I'm so happy. When I crossed the finish line all I could tell myself was 'wow'."
Although happy, Moore also expressed relief after his final race ever in a Sandusky uniform. He will head to Division I Clemson next year on a track scholarship.
"I'm relieved because it's a lot of pressure off," he said. "I'm glad it's over and that I could meet my own expectations along with everyone else's to a certain extent.
"I'm happy with the end result, but it's a bittersweet ending because I'm going to miss high school. But its on to bigger and better things."
When Moore arrives at Clemson, he will take the biggest thing he learned in his four years at Sandusky.
"There's always someone better than you," he said. "No matter how good you think you are, there is someone out there bigger and better, training just as hard if not harder than you. That taught me to keep working at it everyday and never let up."
Adcock places sixth in 200
Sandusky sophomore Demarr Adcock wasn't even running the 200-meter dash at the beginning of the track season.
Now he's the sixth-best runner in Division I in the event, after running the 200 in 22.25 seconds at the State Track and Field Championships.
"I didn't really expect this," Adcock said. "I thought I was better at the 100, but I started running the 200 and found out I was better at that. I wasn't expecting to get here."
Adcock drew Lane 1 in the race, and started to make a move as he hit the turn to move up from eighth to sixth, but he couldn't quite push any farther against the rest of the field.
Adcock, who changed his positioning for better success by moving his left hand farther back and angling his block at the start, talked about what his future could hold in the event.
"Now I know what to expect," he said. "I have to try and get better from this."