The 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway today. Aaliyah Moore of Monroe College is on a mission—finish first in both the 800 and 1,500 meters. This has been an outstanding season for Moore, who recently completed her associate degree in business administration with a 4.0 average.
Moore, who is from Guyana, arrived at Monroe in 2020 and admitted her first year was rough adjusting to a new environment while navigating the pandemic, but she feels stronger for having done it. “I was able to learn so much in that year,” she said. “My coach kept saying, ‘The best is yet to come.’ … I made sure to be around my teammates and focus on competing and getting better.”
Her goal for this season has been to win national titles and transfer to a four-year institution. She warmed up with the cross country season, winning six races and finishing third at the NJCAA National Championship. Moore always felt the 800 meters is her best event, but as she trained and developed, she also came to embrace the 1,500 meters.
Associate head coach Shirvon Greene said Moore is one of the best athletes he has worked with at Monroe. “She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She pays attention to details, is very determined, doesn’t like quitting and is also a team player who encourages everyone on the team to give it their best,” said Greene.
“I’m preparing for nationals and staying focused. I will be attempting the double [winning the 800 and 1,500]. The double is in me. I want to finish this season strong,” said Moore, who will soon announce the NCAA Division I institution she will be attending in the fall. She plans to continue studying business administration with a focus on marketing. “I was never in the position where I thought, ‘I’m not going to do this’ or ‘I can’t,’” she added.
As her days at Monroe come to a close, she thanks all the people who have supported her in achieving on the track and in the classroom, particularly Greene. After the NJCAA Championships, Moore will get to spend some time with her family in Guyana before heading to her next destination.
“My goal as I get to my Division I school is to improve,” she said. “I’m leaving Monroe with a very good time and with a great base for my academics. I want to be competitive at the next level and to compete at the next Olympics for my country.”