Brentwood Academy, So.
Decathlon, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump, triple jump
Why chosen: Patrick claimed DII titles in five events. He coasted to a first-place finish in the decathlon (6,882 points), and captured wins in the 110-meter hurdles (14.24), the 300-meter hurdles (39.24), the long jump (23-8¾) and the triple jump (47-3¼). Patrick, the top-ranked multievent high school athlete in the country, set a meet record in the decathlon at the DII regional, posting nine out of 10 first-place finishes to post the fifth-highest score in state history (7,286).
Quote: “I hit a lot of the marks I wanted to get, starting with the indoor season. My goal was to win a national championship in the pentathlon, and I did. Going into school track I really wanted to win those five events, and I was able to pull that out. It was a really good season.”
Family: Dad, Jason; mom, Christi; sister, Vivian (14); brother, James (12)
College plans: “A lot of colleges have shown interest, but I haven’t committed yet. My top five, in no order, are Washington, Texas, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.”
Athletic background: “In middle school I played football, track and wrestling, but soon realized my future was in track. I started doing track when I finished my ninth grade football season.”
Best sports moment: “Winning the New Balance National Indoor Pentathlon and becoming the best pentathlete in the country.”
Favorite event: 110-meter hurdles
Favorite athlete: Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee.
What do you think about Ensworth’s Tyra Gittens? “She is extremely athletic. I think she might be the most athletic girl I’ve ever seen.”
Favorite food: “Anything barbecue.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “In 10 years I see myself married, living somewhere on the West Coast with a few kids taking life easy.”
Summer plans: Gittens will compete in the National Junior Olympics in Hampton, Va. (July 29-Aug. 8).