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: Rayvon Grey
School: Beacon (N.Y.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: He leapt 25 feet, 4.75 inches to break a 51-year-old state record in the long jump at the Division 1 state meet this past season. In addition to eclipsing the longstanding mark set by Olympic legend Bob Beamon, Grey took second in the triple jump. He also captured two national championships, winning the long jump at both the New Balance Nationals Outdoor (24-3.5) and the New Balance Nationals Indoor in a meet-record 26-0.25. His season-best outdoor long jump of 25-4.75 ranked as the nation’s No. 4 distance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Grey has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.
“Rayvon has established himself as a premier big meet jumper,” said Beacon coach Jim Henry. “The larger the meet, the greater the competition, the better he performs. He’s a competitor in the truest sense of the word.”
THE FUTURE: Gray has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall.