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: Marcus Krah
School: Hillside (Durham, N.C.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: He captured three individual titles at the Class 4A state meet this past season, leading the Hornets to the state championship as a team. Krah won the 110-meter high hurdles in a state-record time of 13.32 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection and placed him fifth in U.S. high school history. He also soared 23-feet to win the long jump at the state meet and 48-8 to take the triple jump, a leap which ranked No. 39 in the nation. Krah captured a national championship in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.39 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
Academic excellence: Krah has maintained a weighted 4.63 GPA.
Exemplary character: He is co-founder of a peer-tutoring program at his school.
“Marcus has high expectations for himself and works hard to achieve his goals,” said Hillside coach Rob Clodfelter. “He puts in the extra time at the track and in the classroom to stay on top. He’s a model young man.”
THE FUTURE: Krah has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.