The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Trey Cunningham
School: Winfield City (Winfield, Ala.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won four individual state titles at the Class 3A state meet this past season, leading the Pirates to the state championship as a team. Cunningham won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.50 seconds, the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 38.34, the 200-meter dash in 21.82 and also captured the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 8 inches. His season-best time of 13.42 in the 110 hurdles ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection. Cunningham also finished second in the 110 hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
Academic excellence: Cunningham has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and food donation drives.
“I’ve coached him for five years and it was evident very early on that he possessed a remarkable gift,” said Winfield City coach Steve Reaves. “He’s worked hard to hone his talent and he strives continually to beat his own records.”
THE FUTURE: Cunningham will begin his senior year of high school this fall.