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: George Patrick
School: Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the, he won five individual state championships at the Division II state meet for a second straight season, leading the Eagles to a state title. Patrick won the 110-meter high hurdles, the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, the long jump, the triple jump and the decathlon. His decathlon score of 7,324 points ranked as the nation’s No. 1 score in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of his selection. He also ranked No. 16 in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.86 seconds.
Academic excellence: Patrick has maintained a 3.73 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer and autism research. He has also donated his time to a food bank and Habitat for Humanity in addition to serving as a student leader on a mission trip to Haiti, where he helped build a community center and medical clinic.
“George Patrick is probably the best overall high school track athlete in the country,” said Mike Wood, head coach of the McCallie School. “I told my guys if you want to see how an event should be done, just watch George.”
THE FUTURE: Patrick has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Texas beginning this fall.