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A rivalry rekindled at Oregon Relays - ESPNHS Track and XC - ESPNHS

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RunnerSpace.com/HighSchool   Apr 24th 2012, 4:19pm

EUGENE, Ore. -- It was about two months ago that Sabrina Moore of North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) sent a message to the meet director of the Oregon Relays to ask if she could compete. 

Ross Krempley needed only a moment to think it over. 

"I thought it was so cool," said Krempley, the meet director and founder of RunnerSpace.com. 

Moore moved to North Carolina last summer when her father got a new job, but she is the reigning Oregon Class 6A champion in the 100 meters. And the last time she was at Hayward Field, running for Southeridge (Beaverton, Ore.) she had split the two sprint races with Metro League rival Dominique Keel of Westview (Beaverton, Ore.). 

A rivalry that seemed torn apart came back around on Saturday at the Oregon Relays, and the competition produced personal records from both sprinters. 

Moore, a junior who spent her freshman and sophomore years in Oregon, matched her PR in the 100 when she ran 11.92 to Keel's PR of 12.01. Later, in the 200, Moore went past Keel in the last eight meters to take a second victory in 24.41 for her best time in that event. Keel was second in a wind-legal best time of 24.60. 

"I haven't had anyone to push me in dual meets, so for (Moore) to come back it's a way for me to get better," Keel said. 

After the initial request to Krempley for a spot in the meet, he promptly replied with a "yes." But then it took more than a month to get approval from the North Carolina state association. In the meantime, the Moores bought airline tickets and 10 days before the meet Sabrina learned she was cleared to run. 

"It's good to see family and friends, my old coaches," Moore said. "I love running on this track." 

Moore and Keel aren't necessarily close. Outside of track meets, they don't know...

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