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Wed. April 18, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Spoto's Moate won't run at regionals (UPDATED 7:35 p.m.)

The chances of Spoto junior sprinter Eric Moate making a relay cameo at Thursday's Class 2A, Region 3 meet apparently have dissipated.

Moate's aunt and guardian, Nicole Goldsmith, told the Times in a text message Wednesday afternoon that Moate -- injured in last week's District 10 meet -- was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain after visiting a doctor and won't run Thursday. His only regional appearance will be in the field events.

"He can try and high jump, but he cannot do any running right now," Goldsmith said.

The county champion in the 100 and 200 meters, Moate didn't run in the 4x400 at the district meet, where Spoto finished second, but FHSAA rules allow relay personnel to be changed between the district and region meets. Spartans coach John Rhodus held out remote hope that Moate might be available for relay duty Thursday.

The top four finishers in each event at districts earned region berths. After placing third in the high jump and coasting through preliminaries in the 100, 200 and 400, Moate pulled up midway through the 100 finals, collapsing on the black rubberized surface. He was carried to a nearby bench by coaches and trainers, and didn't compete in the 200 or 400 finals.

Football coach Dale Caparaso said he's hopeful that Moate -- a 1,200-yard rusher last season and Division I football prospect -- will be ready for the start of spring drills in two weeks.

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