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Sierra-hosted meet renamed after former Modesto Relays director

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POSTED March 3, 2009 4:35 a.m.
Sierra High will run its annual track and field invitational as usual on Saturday, but it will be under a new name.
The 11th Annual Tom Moore Relays at Modesto Junior College will be host to 32 schools and over 1,000 athletes.
Moore helped bring legitimacy to the sport in the northern San Joaquin valley after moving to Ceres in 1942. He graduated from Petaluma High and attended Cal to compete for legendary coach Brutus Hamilton in the 1930s.
The former record holder in the 120-yard hurdles was named the meet director and official starter of what was then called the Northern California Relays. The Modesto Invnitational Relays grew in reputation under Moore, as it attracted some of the world’s best athletes.
Moore served as an official in the 1968 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games along with countless high school and youth track meets in the area. He passed away in 2002 before the 64th Modesto Relays, which will now be hosted at Sacramento State’s Hornets Stadium starting in May.
Field and running events will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Sierra, Lathrop and Ripon will join the rest of the field consisting of large and small schools from the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove and San Mateo will also compete.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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