From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own 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, Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.)
Greatness Present: Harrison Williams ran, jumped and threw his way to five gold medals and a state record at the Division II state meet, but nothing meant more to him than his team’s state championship.
In fact, the team title meant so much to the 6-foot-4 senior, he strapped the trophy into a seatbelt on the way home. Either way, there’s little doubt his competitors weren’t buckled up for his five gold medals earned via victories in the pole vault (16 feet), high jump (6-8), 110-meter hurdles (13.79 seconds), 300 hurdles (36.40) and decathlon (7,114 points).
Williams’ winning 300-meter hurdles time broke a 24-year-old state record, and his 110 hurdles performance may have broken another had it not been determined to be wind-aided.
Greatness Past: Williams won the decathlon at the Arcadia Invitational in early April with a score of 7,525, recording the No. 3 effort among U.S. prep competitors in history. He concludes his high school career as Tennessee’s record-holder in the decathlon, pole vault, 300 hurdles and 4×400 relay.
Greatness Future: Williams and his 4.64 GPA will head to Stanford.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year races aren’t over, and the National AOY 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.