A class of his own: FPD's Moore leaving his mark on track and field program
MACON, Ga. -- Titus Moore almost didn't become a track runner. Despite having three older brothers run track -- and two of them running hurdles -- Moore grew up playing basketball and football.
That was until longtime First Presbyterian Day track and field coach Dick Frame saw Moore in action. Frame knew he had to find a way to get Moore out to the track.
"I called his (Moore's) dad, and asked his dad if there's any chance he could come out for track as a ninth grader," coach Frame said. "His dad said, 'I'll see if I can get him out there.'"
Moore's dad was successful, and four years later his son is now one of the most accomplished hurdlers in the history of FPD track and field.
He currently holds the school record for the 4x400 relay, along with Barron Jones, Jonathan Raines, and Jam Morris. But he has quite a few more records coming his way once this season comes to an end.
This season, he's recorded a time of 13.79 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles -- the school record is 14.56, set by Raines in 2015.
Coach Frame has been coaching hurdlers for nearly 39 years, and he says that Moore is the best he's ever taught.
"I've had 25 state champions in the hurdles, and Titus is by far and away the best we've ever seen," coach Frame said. "And the best in middle Georgia for that matter."
Moore is also one of the best in the nation when it comes to running the hurdles. His 13.79 time in the 110 meter hurdles currently puts him in fifth place in the nation among high school runners. He's very quick to give all the credit to coach Frame, who's pushed him to be his best since his very first day on the track.
"Coach Frame is a real inspiration to me," Moore said. "I come out here every day -- some days I don't want to work, and I just see him. He's really ready to push me, and ready to go to work every single day he's out here."
Now he has his eyes set on the GHSA state championships this weekend. On Saturday, Moore will run in the 110 meter hurdles looking to break the state record of 13.90 seconds. Although he's beaten that time during the regular season, it won't be an official state record until he beats the time in the state meet.
Moore is set to attend Samford University next year on a full track scholarship. He also has plans later in July to travel to Indiana to compete for a spot on the U.S. junior world team. If he places in the top-two for the 110 meter hurdles, he'll travel with the national team to Finland for the junior world championships.