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FL's Damion Thomas named 2017 NHSCA Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) is pleased to announce Damion Thomas of Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Florida as this year's 2017 NHSCA National High School Senior Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year. 



Thomas capped an outstanding scholastic career by winning his third straight Florida 110 hurdles state title.  Thomas, who will attend LSU on a scholarship, was the No. 3-ranked sprint hurdler in the nation during the 2016-17 school year.



Thomas, who was named Gatorade’s Track and Field Athlete of Year as a junior and a senior, also won a silver medal at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, plus won the sprint hurdles at the 2017 Texas Relays with a time of 13.43 seconds.  Thomas holds the 14 and 15-year old age group national record in the 110 hurdles.



“Damion is an excellent example what this award stands for,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA.  “Damion has excelled in his sport and in the classroom.  We congratulate him on an outstanding high school career and wish him good luck in college.”



Thomas is the second athlete from Florida to win the NHSCA Senior Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award.  Xavier Carter of Palm Bay High School won the award in 2004.



This the 18th year straight year the NHSCA will honor achievers in the high school athletic community nationwide with its Athlete of the Year Award in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.  Other winners will be announced throughout the rest of the 2016-2017 school year.



Each one of the honorees will receive a beautiful trophy, plus they will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Below are the NHSCA’s past selections for the Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year:

2016 – Norman Grimes, Canyon HS, Texas

2015 – Chad Zallow, John F. Kennedy HS, Warren, Ohio

2014 – Trentavis Friday – Cherryville HS, North Carolina

2013 – Grant Hill – Huntsville HS, Alabama

2012 – Jarrion Lawson – Liberty-Eylau HS, Texas

2011 – Gunnar Nixon – Santa Fe HS, Oklahoma

2010 – Sam Crouser – Gresham HS, Oregon

2009 – Mason Finley – Buena Vista HS, Colorado

2008 – Christian Taylor – Sandy Creek HS, Georgia

2007 – Craig Forys – Colts Neck HS, New Jersey

2006 – David Klech – California HS, California

2005 – Kevin Craddock – James Logan HS, California

2004 – Xavier Carter – Palm Bay HS, Florida

2003 – Earvin Parker – Lewisville HS, Texas

2002 – Ryan Shields – Leo HS, Illinois

2001 – Alan Webb – South Lakes HS, Virginia

2000 – David Fraser – Westfield HS, Texas

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