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 sprinter, Stanton College Prep (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Greatness Present: The Golden South Classic giveth, and it taketh away. Williams watched helplessly as Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge senior sprinter Terry Jernigan shaved 0.01 seconds off Williams’ 2014 U.S. No. 1 100-meter time of 10.28 seconds. Williams, however, was focused only on the 200 at the Golden South, and he owned it.
The 5-foot-11 senior clocked the nation’s fastest 200 time among U.S. prep competitors by 0.26 seconds this season, defeating third-place Jernigan with a time of 20.55 seconds and capturing meet MVP honors. Three weeks earlier, Williams won both the 100 (10.33) and 200 (20.96) at Florida’s Class 3A state meet.
Greatness Past: As a junior, Williams won the Class 3A individual state 200-meter championship in addition to finishing third in the 100 at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Greatness Future: Williams has earned a trip to the adidas Dream 100 on June 14. He has signed with Florida State.
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.