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2019 High School Track Athletes of the Year
Denton Guyer's Brynn Brown - Set all-time UIL 3200 at 10:09.91 (#5 US.) Also won 1600 (4:48.37 - TX #1; US #10)
Matthew Boling - @StrakeJesuit - Georgia signee sets UIL / TX All-time 100m in wind-legal 10.13. At season's end, ranks #2 US LJ, #3 US 200, #6 US 400.
2019 High School Field Athletes of the Year
Jasmine Moore - @Lake_RidgeTrack - set All-Time UIL / TX TJ mark at 44-10 - 3rd-longest wind-legal jump in US HS history - won UIL LJ for 8th state medal
Patrick Piperi - The Woodlands - Won UIL SP at 64-06; his 66-06 SP is TX #1, US #4 - 187-10 reg.-season disc TX #4
2019 Private School Athletes of the Year
Tamia Badal - Tomball Concordia Lutheran - won 100H and 300H at TAPPS State with times placing her in Top 5 in Texas; led 4x100 to Class 6A record time
Carter Cheeseman - FW Christian - swept 800 / 1600 / 3200 for 2nd-consecutive season at TAPPS State. 4:10.14 1600 ranks #5 in TX
2019 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
Jazmine Fray of Texas A&M - Won 800 in facility record time of 2:01.31, the #2 performance in A&M history. Fray also ran on the school-record 4x400
Divine Oduduru of @TexasTechTF - Won 100/200 in 9.86 (world-leading) and 19.73 respectively; same-day double is 2nd best in history!
2019 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
Ashtin Zamzow of @TexasTFXC - First Longhorn to win heptathlon - PR of 6,222 points is #9 all-time in collegiate history
Adrian "Tripp" Piperi
Adrian 'Tripp' Piperi of UT - 3rd Longhorn to win NCAA Outdoor Shot Put title (69-03.25)
Eric "Duke" Kicinski
Eric 'Duke' Kicinski of Texas Tech - wins Men's Discus at 205-00, 2nd in @TexasTechTF history to win NCAA Discus
2019 NCAA Women's Outstanding Performer
10.75 100: #9 in the world all-time!
2019 NCAA Men's Outstanding Performer
1:44.41 800 completing a 19-0 season! - A New Award Recognizing a TX HS Athlete Competing in the NCAA Championships for any University
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2018 High School Track Athletes of the Year
Flannel of Alvin wins 100 / 200 at UIL State Championships; TX #1, US #5 wind-legal 200 (23.48)
Silsbee's Barnes wins 100 (10.04) and 200 (20.55) - 10.04 #5 all-time all-weather conditions
2018 High School Field Athletes of the Year
The nation's premier jumper from Mansfield Lake Ridge wins LJ / TJ for 3rd straight season - wind-aided 45-04.25 TJ #3 all-time all conditions!
Ellis, from Tyler Lee, set the UIL #1 all-time vault: 18-03.25; TX #2 all-time!
2018 Private School Athletes of the Year
Houston Kinkaid - Wins 100, 200, 4x1, 4x4, team title at SPC Championships
Austin St. Stephen's - Sets 3 all-time SPC records at SPC State Meet (800 / 1600 / 3200)
2018 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
Texas A&M's fabulous freshman Sammy Watson wins the NCAA 800 in 2:04.21 (she added the USATF Jr. Outdoor 800 title, as well.)
Cameron Burrell and Elijah Hall
Cameron Burrell & Elijah Hall of the University of Houston: NCAA Outdoor 4x1 Record; Burrell - 100 Champ; Hall - Indoor 200 Champ
2018 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
NCAA High Jump Champion Alexus Henry (5-11.50) ... 1st-ever UTA Women's National Champion and owner of multiple school records!
With his NCAA-winning jump of 55-01 (16.79m), Tahar Triki of Texas A&M moves to #7 on the Aggies' all-time triple jump list.
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2017 High School Track Athletes of the Year
Richardson, a Louisiana State University signee, led Dallas Carter to the Girl’s Team title in 2017, winning both the open 100 and 200 individual titles in wind-legal times. Her 100-meter time of 11.28 finished the season #1 for Texans and #3 in the United States, while her 200-meter PR of 23.39, set at the Prefontaine Classic, also finished #1 for Texans and #3 in the U.S. Richardson is also a 2016 AAU Junior Olympics Champion in the 100 meters.
At the Region 4-6A Meet in 2017, Sam Worley became the seventh American high schooler to run sub-1:50 in the 800m and also go sub-9:00 in the 3200m. The Big 12 Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in 2017 for the University of Texas won the 6A UIL State title in both the 800 and 1600; he also finished the 2017 season ranked #1 in the Nation in both the 800 (1:48.25) and 1600 (4:02.30).
2017 High School Field Athletes of the Year
In just two high school seasons, Moore has left an imprint on the track & field world: she owns the national freshmen and sophomore records in the triple jump with a personal best of 43-07.25 set at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals 3rd-best all-time in the state of Texas. She also won the New Balance Indoor Nationals and the AAU Junior Olympics. The nation’s #1 returning triple jumper also owns a 20-4 personal best in the long jump, good for the 6th-best returning jump in the US for 2018.
Adrian Piperi & Jalen Seals
Competing now for the University of Texas, Piperi led a throwing resurrection in Texas. A member of the 70-200 Club, with PRs of 74-11.50 and 204-03 in the disc, Piperi helped lead The Woodlands to a Boy’s Team title in 2017. A regular eclipsing 70 feet in the shot since 2016, Piperi, a USATF Junior Olympics champion, also competed for the U.S. in several overseas competitions. His 74-11.50 ranks third-best all-time in the state of Texas.
Jalen Seals ended the season as the top triple jumper in the nation with a Region 1-5A jump of 51-04 feet. After winning the UIL triple jump with another 50-foot effort, Seals took second at the New Balance Outdoors and fourth at the USATF Junior Olympics. Now competing for Baylor University, Seals also owns a personal best in the long jump of 24-11.50 when he won the 2016 UIL state title.
2017 Private School Athletes of the Year
Reneau's fabulous career thus far includes a sweep of the 800, 1600 and 3200 at the 2017 TAPPS State Championships. In fact, she has owned the TAPPS crown in the 1600 and 3200 all three years, and she looks to make it a four-peat this season. Equally as skilled off the track, the 2017 TAPPS Cross Country State Champion has signed with Duke University.
Matthew Arndorfer owns multiple-year titles in the 1600 and 3200 (having won both at the TAPPS State Championships in 2017). In the 1600, Arndorfer won in both 2016 and 2017, while in the 3200, he is a 3-peat champion. Matthew Arndorfer is beginning his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma.
2017 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
In 2017, Texas A&M senior Fred Kerley broke a 25-year-old collegiate record in the 400m with a time of 43.70 seconds during the quarterfinals of the event at the NCAA West Preliminary, breaking the previous record of 44.00 during the 1992 NCAA Championships by USC's Quincy Watts. This placed Kerley's time the sixth best performer on the all-time U.S. list and seventh best performer on the all-time world list.
Chrisann Gordon’s resume is impressive: In addition to running the fastest semifinal time in NCAA history in 50.39 seconds, her 2017 resume also includes:
* 2017 NCAA Outdoor Champion - 400m
• 2017 Jamaican National Championships Silver Medalist - 400m
• 2017 IAAF World Championships - 4x400m Relay participant
• 2016 Rio Olympic Games Silver Medalist (4x400m Relay)
• 2017 Big 12 Champion - 400m (Indoor & Outdoor)
• 2017 USTFCCCA Outdoor First Team All-America - 4x400m Relay
UTEP hurdler Tobi Amusan won the NCAA outdoor national title in the 100m hurdles on Saturday with a time of 12.57 seconds. At the time, her 12.57 ranked second in the world. A three-time NCAA All-American at UTEP, Amusan has also been named the 2016-17 Conference USA Track Athlete of the Year.
2017 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
For nearly 11 years Trey Hardee held the collegiate decathlon record of 8,465 points. And then at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Victor broke the mark, totaling 8,472 points. Victor won the NCAA Outdoor decathlon in both 2016 and 2017. Among multiple accomplishments, he represented Grenada in the Rio Olympics, placing 16th with a score of 7,998 points.
On May 13, 2017 – Rhode's 22nd birthday – at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship, she cleared a final height of 15-1.5 (4.61m) to win her third conference title, break the Big 12 record and tie for the No. 5 performer in NCAA history. After winning the NCAA West Prelims, Rhodes took third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, a nice complement to her second-place NCAA Indoor finish. In 2016, she became the first-ever Baylor women’s pole vaulter to win a conference title, capturing the outdoor title with a jump of 14-05.25.
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2016 High School Track Athletes of the Year
Duncan dazzled at the UIL State Meet, helping DeSoto capture another state title. She captured gold in the 300 hurdles (41.88) and broke a 13-year old state record in the 100 hurdles, winning in a time of 13.22. She ends 2016 ranked 5th in the US in both events. In her career, she was also a part of two 4x100 state relay titles. The future Longhorn ends her high school career with 3 consecutive 100h titles and 2 consecutive 300h titles.
2016 High School Field Athletes of the Year
Ehiemua led Fort Bend Marshall to a repeat state championship. In addition to winning the 200 at the UIL State Meet in a time of 20.62 (#1 in Texas), Ehiemua also led Fort Bend Marshall’s 4x1 and 4x2 relays. The 4x1 ran a nation-leading 40.13 and the 4x2 ran a nation-leading 1:24.07. At the Great Southwest, Ehiemua lowered his 200 time to 20.56, #4 in the U.S.
2016 High School Field Athletes of the Year
Moore’s 2016 debut was nothing short of remarkable. At the UIL State Meet, the freshman captured 5A gold in both the long and triple jumps. Her 19-10 long jump best the field by 5 ½ inches, and her 42-1.75 triple jump was more than a foot better than second place. At the Great Southwest, she improved her long jump to 20-3.75, 12th-best in the U.S., while her triple ranks 3rd nationally.
At the 2nd Annual Meet of Champions, Piperi’s 71-11 shot put broke Michael Carter’s state of Texas Junior Class record. At the UIL State Meet, he captured his second-consecutive shot put title. The Woodland’s Junior joined the 70-200 Club in 2016, with personal bests of 71-11 and 204-03. He ended the 2016 season ranked 2nd nationally in the shot and 4th nationally in the discus.
2017 Private School Athletes of the Year
Sharp scored 53 points at the SPC Championships in 2016 to lead The Greenhill School to its 3rd-straight SPC Championship. Sharp reigns as the SPC Champion in the 100m (12.22), 100h (14.04), long jump (19-2), triple jump (36-6.50), and ran on the gold 4x100 relay. Sharp, a Notre Dame commit, was the 200m runner-up and finishes her career as the SPC record holder in the 100m and 100h.
Littlefield, a Baylor signee from Central Texas Christian (TAPPS), is an outstanding multi-event athlete. He won the Texas’ Greatest Athlete Boy’s Decathlon competition with 6,619 points. At the 2016 TAPPS State Meet, he captured 3A gold in the pole vault (15-7), high jump (6-2) and the 110h (14.67). He finished 3rd in the 100 meters at 10.96.
2016 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
“Okolo won her second NCAA outdoor title in the 400 meters and fourth overall last
week at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She also ran the anchor leg in a dramatic come-from-behind victory for the Longhorns to make it an indoor/outdoor sweep for her in both events in 2016.
“During the regular season, Okolo broke her own collegiate record in the 400 meters with an amazing time of 49.71 seconds. This mark shattered her previous time of 50.03 set at the 2014 Big 12 Championship. Okolo became the first collegiate to run sub-50 and the third women ever to do it in the month of April.”
Her accomplishments have earned her a nomination for the Honda Sport Award for track and field. – from the TexasSports.com website
“Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier broke a 50-year-old collegiate record in winning the NCAA 800m final with an amazing time of 1 minute, 43.55 seconds during Friday's action at the NCAA Championships.
“Legend Jim Ryun held the collegiate and American junior record of 1:44.3 set on June 10, 1966. In addition to breaking those two records, Brazier also topped the NCAA meet record of 1:44.70 set by Florida's Mark Everett in 1990 as well as the Hayward Field record of 1:43.5h set in 1974 by Rich Wohlhuter.
“Brazier improved his Texas A&M school record of 1:45.07 he set in the NCAA semifinal on Wednesday. He ranks No. 7 on the all-time world junior list and is the only American among the top 10. His time also ranks him as the No. 8 American of all time.” – from the Texas A&M website
2016 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
Malone (Texas A&M) broke the collegiate javelin mark of Indiana’s Irina Kharun (202-10; 2004) with a throw of 204 feet. Not only did she surpass the Olympic qualifying mark of 62 meters (62.19), but she also moved up to #4 on the all-time American list. She now owns the number 1, 4, 7, and 8 best collegiate performances in the javelin.
Victor became the first Aggie to capture NCAA decathlon gold with 8,379 points. He joins his brother, Kurt Felix (2012; Boise State), atop the NCAA decathlon champion podium. Among Victor’s accomplishments is an NCAA-best discus throw for decathletes: 175-05, breaking Mike Ramos’ (University of Washington) mark of 167- 03.
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2015 High School Track Athletes of the Year
(Carrollton Creekview - University of Miami commit) Her 40.81 300H is the all-time Outdoor mark in Texas, and according to MileSplitTX, the #10 time nationally since 2000.
The Arlington Martin junior won the 6A 400 meters at UIL State – 45.75 was the #2 time in the nation in 2015. Reed also anchored 4x1 which also won UIL State – 40.33 is the #1 time in the Nation
2015 High School Field Athletes of the Year
(Texas City - University of Texas commit) - Jumped 43-02.25 indoors, 3rd best triple jump in Texas history (outdoor / indoor combined). Won UIL State Meet in TJ two years in a row. Finished 5th in LJ at 18-03.75. Her 42-05.75 Outdoor mark ties for 4th place in the state of Texas since 2000.
(China Spring - Texas Tech commit) - Bray finished 2015 undefeated in District Competition, and undefeated in the last two years in all post season UIL competition.
Finished both the 2014 and 2015 seasons as the #1 vaulter in Texas; 2014 finished 2nd nationally at 17-08.50, and this year finished tied for #1 in the nation at 17-7.
2015 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
At DI Nationals, the Texas A&M sophomore posted the fastest 400 hurdles time in the world in a successful defense of her 2014 400 hurdles title. Little is the first to defend her NCAA title in the 400 hurdles since Sheena Johnson in 2003 and 2004, and became just the fifth hurdler overall to win consecutive titles since the women’s initial NCAA meet in 1982.
Baylor track and field sophomore Trayvon Bromell earned All-American honors in both the 100 and 200-meter events Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field, becaming the first Baylor male athlete to earn All-American honors in two individual events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since Bill Martineson did so in the 100 and 220-yard dashes in 1946 and 1947.
2015 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
Payne, a junior at SFA, capped the most historic season in the history of the women's pole vault with an NCAA outdoor title last Thursday. She cleared 15-5 (4.70m) to defeat indoor national champion and outdoor collegiate record-holder Sandi Morris of Arkansas. That clearance, which is the third highest height in collegiate history, wasn't even her top jump of the season. She twice set the outdoor collegiate record during the regular season, including a leap of 15-5½ (4.71m) to win the Southland Conference title for the No. 2 jump in college history.
Duffield is the first athlete to sweep the indoor and outdoor NCAA high jump titles since 2013. Although that was only two years ago, it was accomplished by Derek Drouin, who was coming off a bronze medal performance at the 2012 Olympics, in London. JaCorian Duffield is Texas Tech's third male NCAA outdoor champion, and first NCAA outdoor high jump champion. Duffield is also the first male Texas Tech athlete to claim both an indoor and outdoor national title.
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2014 High School Athletes of the Year
Desiree (Justin Northwest; University of Arkansas commit) now owns both the Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault records. She broke the indoor mark at the New Balance Indoor Nationals March 14, 2014 with a jump of 14-02.75; she then broke her own record at the April 17th Districts 3-4AAAAA Area Meet with a clearance of 14-06.00. At Texas Relays (March 26, 2014), she broke the outdoor mark with a clearance of 14-03.25. On July 24, 2014, at the IAAF World Juniors in Eugene, she extended her American outdoor record to 14-07.25 while earning the silver medal.
Harris helped lead Texas High School of Texarkana to a 4A state championship. The future Baylor Bear anchored both the 4x1 (nation-leading time of 40.41) and the UIL Class 4A record-setting 4x2 with a time of 1:24.26. Harris’ 20.68 (wind-aided) 200 at the Region 2-4A meet on April 25th leads the nation.
2014 Collegiate Track Athletes of the Year
Okolo, a Texas sophomore from Carrollton Newman Smith, broke Monique Henderson’s (UCLA) 2005 400-meter record of 50.10 with a blistering 50.03 at the Big 12 Championships May 16, 2014. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships a month later, she captured the 400 title with a 50.23, defeating Phyllis Francis of Oregon, the indoor 400-meter collegiate record holder. A day after her 400 crown, she anchored Texas’ 3rd-place 4x100 relay; she also anchored Texas’ winning 4x400 relay with a split of 49.58, the fastest ever by a non-senior. Texas’ 3:24.21 is not only a new meet record, but also the #2 time in collegiate history.
Like Okolo, Lendore excels at the 400 and as a relay anchor. At the SEC Championships, he ran a 44.36, placing him 8th on the all-time collegiate list and second in the world in 2014 behind Kirani James (Grenada) and LaShawn Merritt (USA). The A&M junior from Trinidad & Tobago won his first outdoor 400 title with a time of 45.02, edging Oregon’s Mike Berry. In addition to running a leg on the Aggies’ runner-up 4x100 relay, Lendore also anchored A&M’s outstanding 4x400 relay; his split of 44.11 brought A&M to within .01 of LSU’s all-time collegiate mark.
2014 Collegiate Field Athletes of the Year
At the 2014 Texas Relays – home to many of her accomplishments – Vaughan broke her own school record in the disc with a toss of 198-10 (60.61m). At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she captured the disc title with a throw of 196-11 (60.02m). The Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2012 from Mansfield Legacy, Vaughan’s school record 198-10 equals the #10 throw in collegiate history (with Arizona State’s Anna Jelmini.)
At the Big 12 Championships, Crouser became just the 14th American to surpass the 70-foot mark, tossing the shot 70-2.25 (21.39m) to capture his third straight NCAA shot put title. The 6’ 7” junior from Oregon (and part of a family dynasty in throwing) became the first collegian to hit the 70-foot mark since Arizona State’s Ryan Whiting in 2010. He finished the season among the Top 10 in both the shot and disc, having won both events at the Big 12 Championships. In the shot put, he recorded the top 8 marks of the 2014 season.
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2013 High School Athletes of the Year
Johnson, a Spring HS junior, swept the UIL Class 5A State Meet hurdles – 100 and 300. Her PR of 13.52 in the 100 hurdles ranks 1st in Texas and 4th in the nation, while her 300 time of 41.24 (also a PR), ranks first in Texas and second in the nation.
Hall-Thompson (Katy Morton Ranch) swept the 100 and 200 at the UIL Class 5A State Meet. His 100 time of 10.26 ranks 9th in the nation, and his 200 time of 20.60 lead the nation. Hall-Thompson will attend the University of Houston in the fall.
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2012 High School Athletes of the Year
Since capturing Texas Relays’ Most Outstanding Female Athlete honors with a discus toss of 191-06, Shelbi (Mansfield Legacy) electrified the track & field world. She won the UIL 5A state meet (187-10), the Golden West Invitational (193-11), the US Junior Nationals (198-09), qualified for and came in 4th at the US Olympic Trials (195-09), was named the Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and flew to Spain in time qualify for and come in third at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Shelbi will attend Texas A&M in the fall and play both volleyball and track & field.
On April 28, 2012, Bailey (Mansfield Timberview) not only broke Jeremy Wariner’s 400 meter regional record, but he also set a new U.S. 400 meter (regular-season) record when he clocked a 45.19 at the UIL 5A Region I Championships in Lubbock. A 400 specialist, Bailey won the 400 at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, the Golden South Classic, the Golden West Invitational, and the US Junior Nationals where he qualified for and came in 7th at the Olympic Trials. Bailey also finished third in the 400 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. He will attend Texas A&M in the fall.
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2011 High School Athletes of the Year
Madu earned several post-season honors, among them the Gatorade Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the state of Texas. She earned all of Plano East's 29 points at the UIL state meet, including first place in the 100 and triple and second in the long jump. She also won the gold at the IAAF World Youth Championships claiming top honors in the 100. She earned a silver as part of the relay team.
Hicks helped Galena Park North Shore win a second-consectuve state championship. He blazed the 100 meters in a blistering 10.15 and ran on relays as well. A senior, Hicks will be competing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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2010 High School Athletes of the Year
Blackburn (Dallas Sunset) capped a fabulous senior season with a sweep of the 100 and 300 hurdles at the UIL State Championships. Not only did she win both events, but she also set personal bests (13.39 / 41.08) while leading the nation in both. [Her 300 time has since been surpassed.] Blackburn has signed with the University of Southern California.
Jackson, a UT commit from Taylor, finishes his career as one of Texas' best jumpers of the last decade. He won both the long and triple at the UIL State Championships, and also finished second in the state meet in the high jump. He set the national standard in 2010 for the indoor triple jump (51-11) and the outdoor triple (51-05.75). He also led the state of Texas in the long jump at 24-08.25.
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2009 High School Athletes of the Year
Sveinsson (The Greenhill School) just completed her sophomore season as one of the nation’s top runners. She earned Top Female Athlete at Texas Relays for the second-consecutive year, set national sophomore records in the 1500 (10.04.85) and the mile (4:40.24). She won the mile at Penn Relays and the 800, 1600 and 3200 at the SPC Championships. She finished the 2009 season with the nation’s #1 times in the mile, 3000 and 2-mile run. She also represented the US at the 6th annual IAAF World Junior Championships in Italy.
Goodwin, a University of Texas signee from Rowlett, completed his high school career as one of Texas’ most decorated track and field athletes. He has won 12 medals at state meets and at the USATF Outdoor Nationals (June 20, 2009), he broke a 20-year old national mark by long jumping 26-10. His 10.27 legal-wind 100-meter dash ranks #2 nationally by DyeStat, while his 49-10.50 wind-legal triple jump ranks 7th nationally. In 2008, he represented the US at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland.