The 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Track and Field teams are coordinated by Fred Baer, the founder of Track and Field Writers of America. Boys selections are made by Jack Shepard, the high school editor of Track and Field News.
Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY Sports and Track and Field News national lists and the number of top performances along with head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
Athletes are listed alphabetically in each general event area. Races in meters unless noted. Field events are listed in feet and inches.
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second). i = performed indoors.
Implements and hurdles (H) are high school unless noted: (jr) junior, (intl) college/international.
* = repeat All-USA performer.
Sprints (100, 200)
T. J. Brock, Chaminade Prep (West Hills, Calif.), Jr. – 10.34 (10.20w), in 100.
Ryan Clark, Banneker (College Park, Ga.), Sr. – 10.18, in 100; 20.46, in 200.
Noah Lyles, T.C. Williams (Alexandria. Va.), Jr. – 10.14, in 100; 20.18, in 200.
Michael Norman, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.), Jr. – 10.36, in 100; 20.24, in 200; 45.19, in 400.
TRACKINGS: Clark had the national lead in the 100 at 10.18 after beating Noah Lyles in the Caribbean Invitational in Havana, Cuba, in mid-June before Lyles turned it up the next two weeks at the New Balance Nationals and USATF Junior Championships to become the fastest ever junior class sprinter. Clark, who is headed to University of Florida, is No. 8 on the all-time 100 performer list. Norman won his only 100 of the season in New York at the adidas Grand Prix high school Dream Mile. He had a spectacular 200-400 double at the California (CIF) state meet, where Brock was the 100 champ.
Long Sprints / Middle Distance (400 & 800)
*Donavan Brazier, Kenowa Hills (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Sr. – 1:47.75, in 800.
*Josephus Lyles, T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.), Jr. – 45.77, in 400; 21.02, in 200.
Carlton Orange, University (Memphis), Sr. – 1:47.67, in 800.
Keshun Reed, Martin (Arlington, Texas), Jr. – 45.75, in 400.
TRACKINGS: Orange, headed to Arkansas, became the No. 4 all-time high school 800-meter performer in winning the USATF Junior title. Texas A&M-bound Michigan champion Brazier, the winner of the Brooks PR Invitational, ranks No. 7.
Distances (1,500, mile, 3,200, 2-mile)
Mike Brannigan, Northport (N.Y.), Sr. – 4:03.18, in mile; 8:42.92, in 3,200.
*Grant Fisher, Grand Blanc (Mich.), Sr. – 3:42.89, in 1,500; 3:59.38, in mile; 8:43.57, in 2-mile.
Andrew Hunter, Loudoun Valley (Purcellville, Va.), Jr. – 4:02.36, in mile; 8:42.51, in 2-mile.
*Matthew Maton, Summit (Bend, Ore.), Sr. – 3:42.54, in 1,500; 3:59.38, in mile.
TRACKINGS: Only seven high school runners have broken the 4-mintle barrier in the mile. Two did it this season. ALL-USA selections Matthew Maton of Summit (Bend, Ore.) and Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Mich., both ran 3:59.38 (in separate competitions). They now share the No. 3 all-time ranking behind recordholder Alan Webb of South Lakes (Reston, Va.). Webb ran 3:53.43 in 2001 to better the long-standing mark of 3:55.3 set by Jim Ryun. In addition to his sub 4-minute mile in May, Oregon-bound Maton won the USATF Junior title at 5,000 meters to earn a Pan Am Junior team berth. Hunter was the 2-mile national leader, edging Fisher at the Brooks PR national invitational, and earned a Pan Am Junior berth with his second place in the 1,500 in 3:58.48 at the USATF meet. Fisher, the adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile winner, is headed to Stanford.
Hurdles (110, 300, 400)
Rai Benjamin, Mount Vernon (N.Y.), Sr. – 49.97, in 400 hurdles.
Norman Grimes, Canyon (Tex.), Jr. – 36.10, in 300 hurdles; 50.80, in 400 hurdles.
Damion Thomas, Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.), So. – 13.64, in 110 hurdles.
Chad Zallow, Kennedy (Warren, Ohio), Sr. – 13.50 (13.19w), in 110 hurdles.
TRACKINGS: UCLA-bound Benjamin became the eighth high school athlete to better 50 seconds in the 400 hurdles and was the New Balance Nationals winner. Grimes won the U.S. World Youth Trials 400 hurdles and was the top high school finisher in both hurdle races at the USATF Junior Championships. Zallow, headed to Youngstown State, was the New Balance 110 hurdles champ.
Vertical Jumps (high jump, pole vault)
*Paulo Benavides, Franklin (El Paso, Texas), Sr. – 17-10.5 (17-11i), in pole vault.
Jaron Brooks, Clay (Lexington, Ky.), Sr. – 7-1.5, in high jump.
Sean Collins, McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.), Sr. – 17-10.5, in pole vault.
Deakin Volz, South (Bloomington, Ind.), Sr. – 17-8 (17-11 1/4i), in pole vault.
TRACKINGS: Kansas-bound Benavides won the New Balance Nationals pole vault and was the top high school finisher (second) at the USATF Junior Championships, ahead of Collins (who is headed to South Alabama). Both cleared 17-10 1/2 to share the season outdoor lead. Kentucky state high jump champ Brooks won the New Balance and Caribbean Invitational meets.
Horizontal Jumps (long jump, triple jump)
Grant Holloway, Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.), Jr. – 25-8.75, in long jump.
Chris McBride, Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Sr. – 24-11.75 (25-1 1/4w), in long jump.
*Ja’Mari Ward, Cahokia (Ill.), Jr. – 25-6.5 (25-7 1/4i), in long jump; 51-11, in triple jump.
Myles Hartsfield, Clark (Roselle, N.J.), Sr. – 50-5.25, in triple jump.
TRACKINGS: Triple jump leader Ward had a season-ending ankle injury competing at the Caribbean Invitational in Havana in early June. He was also the season’s No. 2 long jumper, behind versatile Virginia state champ Holloway (who won the high hurdles in Havana). Holloway was the top high school long jumper (third overall) at the Junior Championships.
Throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin)
Michael Biddle, Community (Williamsburg, Pa.), Sr. – 213-10, in javelin.
Carlos Davis, Blue Springs (Mo.), Sr. – 214-4, in discus.
Khalil Davis, Blue Springs (Mo.), Sr. – 205-8, in discus.
Matt Katnik, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Sr. – 72-3 SP (hs), 65-11.75, SP (Jr.).
Willie Morrison, Leavenworth (Kan.), Sr. – 70-2.5, in shot put (hs), 67-9, SP (Jr), 193-9, in discus.
TRACKINGS: California champ Katnik, who is headed to USC, moved into the all-time top 10 in the high school shot at 72-3. Indiana-bound Morrison set a high school record with the international junior shot put at the USA Junior Championships, putting 67-9 behind two collegians — and placed ahead of Katnik.