Noah Lyles of Williams (Alexandria, Va.) has been named the 2015-16 American Household Insurance coverage ALL-USA Boys Observe and Subject Athlete of the Yr.
The ALL-USA groups are coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Observe and Subject Writers of America. Boys choices by Jack Shepard, highschool editor of Observe and Subject Information.
Boys Observe & Subject Coach of the Yr: Doug Soles, Great Oaks (Temecula, Calif.)
Title: Noah Lyles
College: Williams (Alexandria, Va.)
Highlights: Noah Lyles broke the 31-year-old highschool document for the 200 meters on the U.S. Olympic Observe Staff Trials in Eugene, Ore. this month to repeat because the American Household Insurance coverage ALL-USA Boys Observe and Subject Athlete of the Yr. The senior at T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.) ran 20.09 seconds to complete fourth in a race gained by multi-Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin in 19.75 and gained first alternate standing for the Rio Olympic Video games.
The wind-legal race was the decider between the highest two AOY candidates. Michael Norman of Rancho Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) completed a step again in fifth at 20.14 to rank co-No. 3 all-time (simply .01 off the prevailing document of 20.13 set in 1985 by Roy Martin of Roosevelt, Dallas that Lyles eclipsed).
“I feel that’s icing on the cake to what I needed to do,” mentioned Lyles concerning the document. “I got here out and ran three of my finest races and I received the PR on the finish.” He additionally ran a wind-aided 20.04 to win a primary spherical warmth, effectively forward of 2-time Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix. That was the second quickest highschool time beneath all situations, simply .01 behind the “windy” 20.03 in 2014 by Trentavis Friday, then a senior at Cherryville, N.C. – and who was additionally overwhelmed by Lyles in each sprints on the Trials.
Lyles additionally topped the 2016 highschool lists at 100 meters, enhancing his season finest by .01 to 10.16 in an Olympic Trials warmth gained by Gatlin (the present world chief). Lyles set a junior class document of 10.04 final yr, which makes him the No. 5 all-time highschool performer on the century distance.
Lyles had beforehand overwhelmed Norman within the 200 meters in 2015 to assert the USATF Nationwide Junior championship – on the identical College of Oregon monitor – and went onto win the Pan American Junior title. He was additionally the 2014 Youth Olympic Video games gold medalist within the 200.
As an Olympic alternate, Lyles will await any change within the plans of defending Olympic 400 meter champion LaShawn Merritt to double again within the 200 at Rio after qualifying second within the Olympic Trials race.
“He would possibly change his thoughts, so there’s nonetheless a chance,” mentioned Lyles. “However I can take care of it. I got here in fourth in my first Olympic Trials. I’m very glad.”
No American highschool boys monitor athlete has competed within the Olympic Video games since 1976.