Prep Track: Moretz signs with Lees-McRae
East Davidson's Taylor Moretz wanted to be a volleyball player in high school and had no plans to participate in other sports. That all changed her freshman year in gym class.
During a running test, gym teacher Mike Workman noticed her ability and encouraged Moretz to attend tryouts for the track team since she did not play a spring sport. She gave it a try and now four years later, Moretz has signed to run for Lees-McRae College. She hopes to fill a spot on the volleyball team as well.
“Those are my favorite sports and I could not decide between the two, so I decided I was going to go for both,” said Moretz. “I am excited.”
With a season of running still left, Moretz has already left her mark on the program. She is the school record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x100 relay. She was also named All-Conference and All-Region in 2013, along with team MVP honors in 2012 and '13.
Though gifted with quickness, there was a lot of work put in to get Moretz where she is today. Track coach Bob Schilly remembers the early days of her career.
“When she came to run she had raw talent but no form,” said Schilly. “We worked so hard just to get her to run in a straight line.”
Moretz could only laugh when told about what her coach had said.
“Yep, I was a mess my freshman year. I was just glad they could work with me.”
What's made Moretz such a valuable team member is her versatility.
“She is such a good athlete we could try her in different events,” said Schilly. “She has helped the team not only as an athlete, but also a leader. We have a lot of young girls that look up to her. She has been wonderful to work with.”
Moretz trains just about every day and says she will likely be running the 100 and 200 meter events for the Bobcats.
In volleyball, Moretz was a big hitter on the front line for the Golden Eagles. An All-CCC performer, Moretz led Kim Warrick's club in blocks and kills.
“Taylor is a great athlete she worked hard for me,” said Warrick. “She would play any position and do anything I needed her to. Taylor was a great leader.”
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