More than once during her track and field career, Pensacola High’s Loren Moorer has had to step beyond her comfort zone in order to reach a higher level of success.
Tuesday, she took another monumental step forward when she signed to compete at the Division I level at Jacksonville State University.
Moorer’s signing day came just six days after she captured a District 1-3A championship in the 400 meter run, an event she’s only competed in for four years.
“When I started track in eighth grade, I just ran the 100 and the 200,” Moorer said. “In ninth grade my AAU coach moved me up to the 400. I cried the first time because I didn’t want to do it. But now the 400 has become my primary event and I really enjoy running it.”
Moorer also achieved a district title as a member of PHS’s 4x100m relay team, and participated in the 400m at the FHSAA state finals last year.
“I’m just in awe that I got an opportunity to be at a D1 school,” Moorer said. “I feel like I’ve always kid of been seen as the young one on the track team. I was kind of an underdog, but never underestimated. I just worked hard.
“I’m definitely gonna remember the people here at PHS … on and off the track. Being a senior now, I’m gonna miss being around the younger sophomores and freshman on the track team.”
But Moorer has already began making connections at her future home, Jacksonville State.
“I loved the coaches there (at Jacksonville State),” Moorer said. “They saw a lot of potential in me. It’s a school where I can grow with my team and become family. I love that it is a small school, but also a friendly school.”
Though Moorer will be playing at the highest collegiate level next year, the PHS Tigers saw three other athletes sign Tuesday. From cross country, Mackenzi Devine signed a letter of intent to Piedmont College.
Cross country coach Shannon Kohler credited Devine for running with her at 6:30 a.m. nearly ever day of her career.
It was also a day of celebration for the PHS basketball community as Kyla Evans (Alabama Southern) and Njeri Nelms (Florida State College of Jacksonville) signed to represent the Tigers at the next level.
The respective coaching staff for each school credited both basketball players for playing with intensity and carrying a high basketball IQ.
PHS girls basketball put together an outstanding year to send their seniors off.
Though they accumulated five losses, each loss came from an eventual state champion — including 6A champ Pine Forest.