When Lee Moses starting doing track at Bishop Hendricken, it wasn’t with individual state titles in mind – it was for football.
A starter on the Hawks’ Super Bowl-winning football team as a sophomore, Moses wanted to try to stay in shape during the long off-season.
He did quite a bit more than that.
Moses captured the long jump state title with a leap of 22-feet, 2.25 inches. He ran anchor on Hendricken’s first-place 4x200 relay team, did the same thing on the Hawks’ third-place 4x400 team and took third individually in the 55-meter dash.
“I didn’t really picture myself winning all these awards and stuff like that,” Moses said. “My coaches, they’ve helped me through everything.”
In just his second year of high school, Moses has become one of the state’s most prolific track stars. He’s a huge contributor on the outdoor scene as well.
In his four events at indoor states, Moses accounted for 32 points. The Hawks scored 75 as a team, and needed just about all of them, as they edged out Classical for the state title 75-65.
“The times he ran were amazing for young people,” Hendricken head coach Jim Doyle said. “We haven’t seen those times from people like that.”
At this point, with accolades rolling in regularly, Moses doesn’t just focus on track as a way to get him ready for football. While that’s certainly a positive side effect, now he’s enjoying the sport on its own.
“I do it because I like to stay in shape for football, but I like it because it’s fun,” Moses said. “You’re out there with all your friends. It’s a good sport. It’s competitive, and it’s fun.”
It doesn’t hurt, either, that he’s pretty good.
“It’s pretty incredible what he’s doing,” Doyle said. “He comes off football season, and sometimes, him and (fellow sophomore Power Kanga), you think kids like that are so totally focused on football. Those guys, when they got into track, they were completely committed to track.”
And with two more years to go, there isn’t a ceiling high enough for what Moses could accomplish.
“Right now I just want to keep training, keep getting better and just hopefully build it up and get to my full potential,” Moses said.