J. P. Moore (2004)
Benton High School and Vanderbilt University
Was the dominant performer of his era in Arkansas high school track and later a football and baseball standout at Vanderbilt University.
In the 1940 state meet, he set a record of 9.9 in the 100-yard dash, breaking a record that had lasted since 1916 and setting a record that would last until 1962, won the 220 yard dash in 22.2, second best ever, won the discus with a record throw of 137-10 and was third in the shot put.
During the 1940 season he twice he ran 9.8 in the 100 yard dash. As a junior he set a state record of 25.1 in the 220-yard low hurdles.
Moore played football at Vanderbilt University and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference sophomore team in 1941. He held the school punting record for 10 years, was fourth in the nation in 1942 with a 40.9 average, and was the SEC kickoff return leader in 1946. Vanderbilt did not have a track program.