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: Grant Holloway
School: Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the, he captured three individual titles at the Group 6A state meet this past season, leading the Grizzlies to a second-place finish as a team. Holloway won the 110-meter high hurdles, the high jump and the long jump and took silver in the 200-meter dash. The national indoor record holder in the 55-meter hurdles and 60-meter hurdles, Holloway was the 2016 New Balance Nationals Indoor pentathlon champion. His season-best long jump of 25 feet, 5.75 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 2 mark in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of his selection. He also ranked No. 5 nationally in the 110 hurdles, No. 36 in the high jump, No. 43 in the 200 and No. 55 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Academic excellence: Holloway has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as a youth track and football coach.
“Grant Holloway is a phenomenal track athlete,” said Pat Troia, head coach of Hickory High. “He is dominant in many events and his versatility is tremendous.”
THE FUTURE: Holloway has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Florida beginning this fall.