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: Michael Norman
School: Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
Weight: 167 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won two individual state titles and anchored two first-place relays at the state meet this past season, leading the Broncos to the state championship as a team. The returning Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Norman won the 200-meter dash in 20.42 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 45.77, while also leading the 4×100 and 4×400 relays to victory. His personal-best time of 20:23 in the 200 and his season-best 45.51 in the 400 both ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performances among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection. His mark in the 200 places him fifth in U.S. prep history in the event. Norman produced a personal best in the 100-meter dash this season as well, clocking a 10.27, which was this spring’s No. 2 time nationwide.
Academic excellence: Norman has maintained a 3.61 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s Do Good Things community service club, he has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics, St. Martha’s Food and Pantry for the needy and the Temecula Time Machine track club’s youth program. He has also donated his time as part of the Buchanan Elementary School Fall Festival, the Vista Murrieta Shoe Drive and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to benefit cancer research.
“Michael is the most talented high school track athlete I have ever seen,” said Vista Murrieta coach David Olson. “Coaches often use the cliché ‘practice every day to get better,’ but Michael takes this to heart. Every week, every day, every moment he is on the track, he is doing everything he can to push himself to the highest level.”
THE FUTURE: Norman has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Southern California this fall.