The 2022 boys’ track and field season will live forever at Jordan High School, and it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Sharaud Moore guiding the Panthers to those heights.
During the regular season, Jordan defeated Poly in their head-to-head dual meet, helping them earn a three-way share of the Moore League title. That was the first track title at Jordan since 1999 and the first Moore League title of any kind in J-Town since 2009. But it was also just the beginning.
Moore continued to develop Jordan’s small but talented group of sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers, prepping for a historic run at the CIF Championships. The Panthers outperformed expectations all day, gradually narrowing the projected points gap between them and Division 2 favorite, Mater Dei. When it came down to the final race of the day–the boys’ 4x400m relay–Moore delivered an impassioned speech to his squad in the team tent.
“It was similar to the dual meet against Poly. Walking to the line I told them ‘This is the day we die’,” Moore recalled. “To be a champion, to be great, you’ve got to be willing to risk death and lay it all on the line. And they did that.”
Jordan was seeded seventh in the race, but took third in a heroic effort to win the school’s first CIF title since 2001.