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: Jack Yearian
School: Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.)
Weight: 125 pounds
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the, he captured two individual state titles at the Class 4A state meet for a second straight year and led the Lions to a fifth-place finish as a team. Yearian won the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. His 4:07.68 clocking in the 1600 ranked as the nation’s No. 17 time in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of his selection. A five-time state champion, he also produced national rankings in the mile run (No. 14), the 3200 (No. 80) and the 800-meter run (No. 100).
Academic excellence: Yearian has maintained a 3.78 GPA.
Exemplary character: An officer with the Associated Student Body at Bellarmine Prep, he has volunteered locally at a food bank and homeless shelter in addition to donating his time as a youth track coach.
“Jack Yearian is a fierce and confident competitor on the track,” said Duane Lee, head coach of Lincoln High. “His belief in his training, along with his natural foot speed, makes him one of the best runners we’ve seen in some time.”
THE FUTURE: Yearian has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Oregon beginning this fall.