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: Bobby Colantonio
School: Barrington (R.I.)
Weight: 235 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won the hammer throw at the State Meet for a second straight year this past season, leading the Eagles to a ninth-place finish as a team. Colantonio’s top throw in the hammer of 251 feet, 2 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 1 throw in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of his selection and was also No. 5 in U.S. prep history. Colantonio won the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship this past week in North Carolina and is ranked No. 9 in the world in the 19-and-under age group.
Academic excellence: Colantonio has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research and as a youth football and track coach.
“Bobby Colantonio is an amazing athlete to watch,” said Dan O’Kleaskey, head coach of Central High. “He would electrify the crowd every time he released the hammer.”
THE FUTURE: Colantonio has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Alabama beginning this fall.