From many, there will be one. While there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior sprinter, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas)
Greatness Present: When your father was twice the fastest man on earth, it’s tough to earn the honor of fastest in your family, but Cameron Burrell is sure trying.
The Ridge Point senior — son of former U.S. Olympian and two-time 100-meter world record-holder Leroy Burrell — ran a blistering, wind-aided 10.07 seconds to win the 100 at the Texas Relays this past weekend. His father set a world record of 9.90 seconds in 1991, and then topped it by 0.05 seconds three years later.
Cameron also holds the nation’s third-fastest prep 200 thus far this spring (21.17), run at Rice University’s Victor Lopez Classic two weeks ago. In February, Burrell clocked a 6.61-second 60-meter dash indoors at the Brooks PR Invitational, the second-fastest time in U.S. history.
Greatness Past: Burrell won the Class 4A state 100-meter title in 10.57 seconds as a junior after finishing second in Class 5A as a sophomore in 10.34 seconds. He was fourth in both the 100 (10.64) and the long jump (24 feet, 6.5 inches) at this past summer’s USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind.
Greatness Future: Burrell, whose father is now the head coach at Houston, will run for the Cougars this fall.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.