From Bulldog to Razorback - Gabe Moore is moving on up to Division 1

Gabe Moore

Gabe Moore, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound Freeport Bulldog, signed a letter of intent to run track and field with the University of Arkansas Wednesday morning at Freeport High. Seated from left is his mother Chris Pulsifer, Moore and Coach Willie Parker. Standing in back is Freeport Athletic Director Jim Anderson. "This may be our first true Division I scholarship," Anderson said. "We're proud of him and wish him the best of success.'

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM.

He could have chosen football or basketball, but instead Freeport's Gabe Moore took the route of track and field.

And on Wednesday, it paid off as he signed a letter of intent to become a Razorback at the University of Arkansas, a Division I school which boasts the most successful track program in NCAA history.

"Knowing that I made it in the sport that I chose, there's no feeling better than that," said the 18-year-old Freeport High senior after he signed on the dotted-line in the media center at the school in front of coaches and more than 100 students.

"I feel like this was my calling, so I feel like it was worth giving up the other sports for this," Moore said.

Up until this year, Moore, the son of Chris and Chuck Pulsifer, played quarterback for the Freeport Bulldogs as well as basketball.

As a ninth grader, Moore placed at state in high jump and from there he was off and running.

"I thought maybe I could be good if I kept going," Moore said.

In April of 2012, he decided to get serious about track and field and started participating in decathlons.

Moore says he likes the decathlon because he gets to do all the events — 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters.

"That's what makes it fun," he said. "I like how you are competing against yourself on the points instead of competing against anybody else," he said, noting you can still win in total points, even if you don't win every event.

Moore's favorite events are high jump and long jump. His highest leap is a 6-6, while his longest is 22-7.

"I'm hoping to get some PR's (personal records) on those in the upcoming season," he said.

Pole vault and 1,500 meters require a little extra practice time, Moore said.

"When I first started, I was at 10-6," on the pole vault, he said. Now his personal record is 13-7.

As for the 1,500 meters, "it's a hard run, but nobody likes to run the 1,500," he said.

Moore puts in about 3 1/2 hours of practice after school each day.

"It's a lot of hard work and training," he said. "A lot of dedication, and sacrificing time, but it's a lot of fun.

"It's definitely worth it. I love it. I wouldn't trade it for anything and it was rewarding signing the letter," he added as a big smile spread across his face.

As for his chances at Arkansas, "They are going to be awesome," said Willie Parker, his individual coach.

"He'll probably be coming in at Arkansas on the top deck," he added. "If he stays injury free and focused, he'll be an All-American his freshman year."

Working in Moore's favor is the fact that he is well rounded, Parker said.

"That's the key for him, he's strong in all 10 events … you can't find too many guys that are solid in all."

"His speed is a given, a God blessing. Then the ability to learn and be very competitive is another thing I love about him. He's truly a student athlete. He has it all," Parker said.

Moore, who carries a 4.0 in the classroom, plans to major in biomedical engineering at Arkansas.

"It's going to be a tough major, but that kind of stuff interests me," Moore said.

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Accolades and accomplishments

•Gold medal winner in the January 2014, Liberty Open/Virginia-Heptathlon.

•Gold medal - December 2013 - Alumni Invitational/Birmingham - Pentathlon.

•Sixth place in the World - 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships/Ukraine.

•First team All State in football his sophomore and junior year.

•Most combined yards by a sophomore and junior - more than 2,000.

•Most points scored by a sophomore in a basketball game - 28 points.

•Most dunks in a season his sophomore year.

•2013 Academic Leadership Award

•"A" honor roll - every year.

•Highest GPA - every year in every class.

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