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: Brett Morman
School: South Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won two individual titles at the Class 4A state meet this season, leading the Wolverines to fourth place as a team. After missing 2015 with a back injury, Morman swept the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.95 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 22.00, then anchored the 4×100-meter relay squad that earned fourth-place points in 45.33. His 100- and 200-meter dash times at the state meet came within 0.05 and 0.10 seconds, respectively, of the state’s 21-year-old sprint records.
Academic excellence: Morman has maintained a 4.35 weighted GPA and ranks No. 2 in his graduating class.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and the Alaska Zoo.
“This young man overcame six months of pain and no sleep with a spinal problem, then back surgery, and spent the entire offseason preparing to run,” said South Anchorage head coach John Lewis. “Never losing his academic focus through visible pain that everyone could see—in pain 24/7—and not having an outlook that it was going to get better, he ran faster than he ever had and led a small group of boys to capture fourth in the state postseason. Best kid ever to be around.”
THE FUTURE: Morman will attend UCLA this fall.