BEAVER FALLS, N.Y. (WWNY) - Hunter Moore joined a long list of Beaver River cross country runners on Wednesday afternoon, signing a letter of intent to continue his cross country career at the college level with Division 2 Roberts Wesleyan College.
“I did an honors choir last year there before the coronavirus hit and I really enjoyed being up there,” he said, “and, yeah, it kind of sparked my interest and it’s always been on my top list, but just lately just felt right.”
“I think it’s a really good fit for Hunter,” his mother, Michele, said. “It’s a nice, small college. I think he’ll do well there. His personality -- Hunter can really go anywhere and just blend in with any sort of academic program so we’re excited to see what he can accomplish there.”
In his junior year Moore finished sixth in the Section 3 class D championships and 13th in the state class D championships, helping the Beavers win their third straight state title and 18th overall.
Beavers cross country coach Alex Barrett says Roberts Wesleyan is getting a well-rounded runner.
“He puts in lot of hours over the summer,” the coach said. “He’s somebody who can be, you know, really sort of trusted and relied upon to be a real great teammate. He always does his share of the work and is very consistent, reliable and he’s got a lot of potential to go even further.”
Moore will be receiving a little extra help from the Mark Rickett Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship started by Rickett’s father Donald, who is a Roberts Wesleyan alum.
Donald Rickett offers the scholarship to athletes from Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties that choose the attend Roberts Wesleyan. In 5 years, Rickett has awarded the scholarship to 17 athletes, with Moore being the 17th.
“I tell the students that my son was a great kid and his death ended his service to other people, which he always was giving above himself to everybody else and I said this is the way that I know you students at Roberts will do in your career to come, you will do for others as much as my Mark did for others,” he said.
It’s something Hunter Moore embodies in competition, in the classroom, and outside of school.