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: Adrian Piperi
School: The Woodlands (Texas)
Weight: 250 pounds
Athletic achievement: He hurled the shot put 73 feet, 5.25 inches to win a national title at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor this past season. Piperi also won the shot put at the Class 6A state meet with a mark of 71-0 and took bronze in the discus. His national championship put of the shot ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection. His season best discus throw (204-3) ranked No. 4.
Academic excellence: Piperi has maintained a 3.36 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.
“Adrian is a true competitor,” said The Woodlands throws coach Gary Madore. “His last throw in every meet he’s competed in has been farther than the previous throws, and he’s won multiple championships on his last throw.”
THE FUTURE: Piperi will begin his senior year of high school this fall.