Brentwood Academy’s George Patrick has already accomplished quite a bit this season, and the rising senior decathlete is preparing to put the finishing touches on a record-setting campaign.
A little more than a month removed from claiming five TSSAA state championships, Patrick, The Tennessean’s Boys Track Athlete of the Year, has been selected to represent the United States at the upcoming International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, July 15-19.
“It’s an honor; all my hard work has paid off and it’s a great way to end the season,” Patrick said. “It’s the last track meet of the year, and I’ll be wearing a United States of America jersey.
“I think it’s going to elevate everything really. I’m in it for my country now and not just myself and my school. I think it’s going to be a lot different from anything I’ve ever done. The sensation I’ll get from it, I think it’ll be a lot more rewarding.”
Patrick began his junior campaign with a pentathlon victory at the New Balance Indoor Championships in March, totaling 3,962 points. In late May, he claimed Division II state titles in five events, including the decathlon (6,882 points), 300-meter hurdles (39.24 seconds), long jump (23 feet, 8¾ inches) and triple jump (47-3¼).
Patrick, who also was named Gatorade Tennessee Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, most recently competed in at the USATF World Youth Trials in Lisle, Ill., where he set a U.S. youth record in the decathlon with 7,282 points. He posted first-place finishes in six events, including the 100-meter dash (11.16), the shot put (49-7), the 110-meter hurdles (14.19), the discus throw (133-11), the pole vault (13-7¼) and the javelin throw (177-2).
Patrick, one of 49 athletes named picked to represent the U.S., will report to training camp in Lisle on July 5, and the team will depart for Colombia on July 9.