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: Isaiah Rogers
School: Campbell (Smyrna, Ga.)
Weight: 260 pounds
Athletic achievement: He hurled the shot put 67 feet, 10 inches to break a 50-year-old state meet record and win the Class 6A championship this past season. Rogers also finished second in the discus and his winning effort in the shot ranked as the nation’s No. 8 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection. Rogers took fifth in the shot put at last week’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor and took first in the event at the Armed Forces Day Invitational and the Arcadia Invitational.
Academic excellence: Rogers has maintained 3.88 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of multiple peer-leadership and community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.
“Isaiah combines exceptional athletic ability with a willingness and eagerness to learn,” said Campbell coach Brian Smith. “He’s constantly challenging himself and he has more than exceeded my expectations.”
THE FUTURE: Rogers has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Texas Christian University this fall.