Gabe Moore has never rested on his laurels.
We witnessed it at Freeport, where he blossomed from a football star into a D-I multi-sport athlete.
We witnessed it at the University of Arkansas, where his decathlon times and scores only strengthened in becoming a six-time All-American who finished third at the NCAA championships as a senior.
And now, post-graduation, we’re witnessing it in the scope of the All-Sports Association, who five years after naming Moore the Amateur Award Winner have nabbed him as the College Male Award winner.
Soon, depending on how those 2020 Summer Olympic Trials go, they may be calling his name as the Professional Award winner next winter.
“Exactly,” Moore laughed. “If I can qualify and represent the U.S. well in the Olympics, I think I could myself in the running.”
For now he’ll simply appreciate the pomp and circumstance of once again gracing the stage of the 51st annual banquet, which will be on Feb. 7 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.
“Knowing what all went into this, the collegiate award will be more rewarding,” Moore said. “To be able to win the award after a committee sifted through all the names of the best of the best, I’m humbled. It’s a huge honor.”
The best of the best includes the likes of Razorbacks closer Matt Cronin, Huntingdon golfer Stephen Shephard, Georgia Tech defensive back Juanyeh Thomas, UNC running back Michael Carter and Colorado State receiver Dante Wright.
But Moore’s résumé understandably stood tall, the Freeport alumnus finishing third at nationals despite a hamstring injury suffered at the SEC championship meet. Now he joins a lauded field of winners that includes Tim Tebow, Tyre McCants and Eli Stove.
And fittingly enough, Bo Jackson – the epitome of the multi-sport athlete – will be the keynote speaker.
That multi-sport athlete moniker has always followed Moore, who has been training since the fall in northwest Arkansas with Mario Sategna. Sategna is an assistant coach with the Arkansas track and field program and a former NCAA national champion in the decathlon.
“I feel good. The goal is to make the team,” Moore said. “To hit the stand it’s going to take 8,350 (points) and a top-three finish. It’s a pretty steep challenge; U.S. track and field is the best in the world. So even being able to make the Olympic trials and compete for a top-three spot is a huge honor.”
Yet before then, he’s glad to accept this honor back home.
“I’ve had a lot of success, but you get caught up in the training and are always focused on the next meet,” Moore said. “After all is said and done in indoor and outdoor, bigger than that is all the people in my corner. For my coaches and girlfriend and family to celebrate this with me, it’s really exciting. It’ll be a great event.”