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 candidates.
Carlos and Khalil Davis
Senior throwers, Blue Springs (Mo.)
Greatness Present: Life is never lonely at the top for Carlos Davis, since the Blue Springs senior football and track and field standout’s twin brother—and fellow behemoth—Khalil is always close by.
This spring, Carlos (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) and Khalil (6-2, 265) have once again proven themselves to be among the nation’s elite prep throwers, even though the future Nebraska Cornhuskers know their ultimate destiny likely lies on the gridiron. Carlos, for his part, owns the nation’s top discus throw for the second straight year with a toss of 214 feet, four inches at the Gary Parker Invitational late last month.
Khalil hasn’t been too shabby, either. His second-place discus throw (199-0) at the Gary Parker Invitational ranked as the No. 5 effort among U.S. prep competitors in 2015. He also owns the country’s 10th-best shot put attempt this spring with a mark of 63 feet, 2.5 inches at the K.C. Suburban Gold Conference Meet in early May.
Later this week, the mighty Davis brothers will look to continue their run of excellence at Missouri’s Class 4 state championship meet. Carlos will attempt to defend his individual state title in the discus—an event he has not yet lost to Missouri competition in 2015.
Greatness Past: As a junior last spring, Carlos Davis set a state meet record with a discus throw of 212-5, the nation’s top prep performance in 2014. Khalil also produced a top-five effort as a junior, as his discus throw of 198-5 at the 2014 K.C. Suburban Gold Conference Meet ranked fourth in the nation among U.S. prep competitors last season.
Greatness Future: Both Carlos and Khalil Davis have signed to play football at Nebraska this fall.
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.