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: Kevin Murray
School: Charter School of Wilmington (Del.)
Weight: 135 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:26.19 at the Meet of Champions this past season. A First Team All-State selection as named by the New Castle Coaches Cross Country & Track Association, Murray’s 1,600-meter time of 4:14.80 at the New Castle County Track & Field Championships and 3,200-meter time of 9:12.31 at the Arcadia Invitational both ranked as the state’s fastest time among prep competitors in 2016. His fastest 3,200 and 1,600 times also ranked fourth and 10th, respectively, in Delaware history.
Academic excellence: Murray has maintained a 4.37 weighted GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A National Merit Scholarship semifinalist who has traveled to Taiwan as part of a student exchange program, he is member of the National Honor Society and the Model United Nations club. Murray has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America and as part of a local road race. He has also participated in the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program as well as West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience.
“I think Kevin is a tremendous athlete and an exceptional role model,” said Andy Shearer, head indoor track and cross country coach at rival Middletown High. “He is genuinely one of the nicer student-athletes I’ve been in contact with over the years. His support for his peers is a wonderful example of someone who views the success of others on the same plane as his own success.”
THE FUTURE: Murray will attend the United States Naval Academy this fall.