Sam Moore has extended her education and track and field career by pursuing a postgraduate degree and utilizing her final year of eligibility in track at Western Oregon University.
Kathryn Kaonis, a Western Oregon University freshman from Prineville, has known former Newport High star athlete and Western senior Sam Moore for barely two years after meeting at a college volleyball camp.
Asked how she would describe her relationship with Moore as a teammate and friend, she flashed to something she had recently read. Unsure of the origin of the quote or where she saw it, she recited: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
“That reminds me of Sam Moore,” Kaonis said.
Sam Moore is all about survival.
A serious injury that took nearly a year to rehabilitate helped Moore understand more about life. “I learned a lot about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of coach I want to be and the kind of parent I want to be,” she said. A tattoo on the 6-foot, 21-year-old’s back shoulder reads: “She flies by her own wings.
Given her determination in achieving a string of successes in the face of adversity, the three-sport prep star has soared to new heights competitively in sports and life, those who have watched her grow will tell you. “As an athlete and player, Sam is very tenacious, goal-oriented and driven,” her mother and former coach, Shelley, herself a multi-sport star, said. “She takes great pride in her work and all that that entails.”
Sam, a former all-state high school volleyball player and track performer who has also played club sports throughout her career, has enterprisingly found a way for her collegiate athletic career to extend beyond the typical four-year enrollment plan.
Moore will graduate from Western this spring with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a minor in human biology. She will then pursue a post-bachelors degree in biology or community health while completing her final season of eligibility in track. She transferred to Western from the University of Portland, where she suffered a debilitating injury and experienced some philosophical differences with the Pilots’ coaching staff.
“The injury completely changed me as a person,” she said. “The saying, ‘You don’t really know until you face it’ . . . I never really understood, but now I do. I learned a lot about the kind of person I want to be, the kind of coach I want to be and the kind of parent I want to be.”
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