DENVER – Connor Turnage, the Junior from Highlands Ranch High School, was named the Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year this week.
At the class 5A state meet this year, Turnage won the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet and 8.5 inches. Along with taking second place in the long jump in 22-3, he also helped his team place seventh in the 4x-100-meter relay with a time of 42.92. He also placed second in the triple jump at the Great Southwest Classic, which ranked as No. 11 in the country for prep competitors in 2013.
Turnage not only manages his school’s store for the DECA entrepreneurial leadership program, but he has also coordinated a can drive benefiting local homeless shelters, as well as raising money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Next year, Turnage will try to win his third straight triple jump state title, after winning as a Sophomore as well.