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Winfield R. "Winny" Moore

Track and Field ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Winny Moore maintained a lifelong interest in sports, even though he has never looked big enough to be an athlete, much less star in several sports. Winny vividly recalled his career as a track star at Beaver Falls High School and Geneva College from 1927 to 1932. The irony of his career was that, although he stood only 5'-5" and weighed a mere 135 pounds, his best event was the pole vault. In those days when vaulters used a stiff, heavy pole, and had to supply their own power, he set records in the event both in high school and college that lasted 47 years. At Beaver Falls High School, he won the Beaver County, WPIAL, and state pole vault titles, but was also outstanding in the high and low hurdles, broad jump, high jump, and relays. In addition, Winny competed in football and basketball at Beaver Falls and was named Athlete of the Year there in 1930. He was the individual high point scorer in the Beaver County Track and field meets of 1929 and 1930 and was a first team selection on the Section IV All Star Basketball team. At Geneva he concentrated on the pole vault and in 1931 set a school record of 12'-4" that lasted until it was broken in 1977 by Doug Watson using a fiberglass pole. Winny had to drop out of Geneva in 1932 because of financial problems, but his interests in sports continued and during the late 1930s he served as recreation director at the 37th Street and College Hill playgrounds in Beaver Falls. Winny also was an outstanding duckpin bowler, compiling an average of 169, and earning 80 trophies in the sport.