ATLANTA - June 2, 2016 - Atlanta Track Club honored 44 of the best runners, jumpers and throwers in metro Atlanta at the All-Metro Track and Field Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 1 at The Stave Room. Since 1964, Atlanta Track Club has hosted the All-Metro Awards Banquet as part of its commitment to recognize outstanding high school track and field and cross country athletes.
The All-Metro athletes were selected based on criteria including major meet wins, performance at the state meet and a complete season overview. The coaches and the community then voted for the Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Most Outstanding Field Athlete, which were announced at the banquet.
"Georgia is home to some of the best student athletes in the country, and the 2016 All-Metro High School Track and Field Team showcases that talent," said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club's executive director. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the year's best runners, jumpers and throwers."
NBC Sports Analyst, and former 800 runner, Lewis Johnson was the emcee for the evening
One boy and one girl were named Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Most Oustanding Field Athlete. Each recipient received a $1,500 scholardship. The 2016 Most Outstanding Athletes are:
Most Outstanding Track Athletes:
Frank Pittman, 1600 meter run and Makenzie Dunmore, 200 meter dash
Male: Frank Pittman, Marist Female: Makenzie Dunmore, McEachern
Most Outstanding Field Athletes
Isaiah Rogers and Nia Seldon
Male: Isaiah Rogers, Campbell High Female: Nia Seldon, Marietta High
"Two coaches were also acknowledged for their outstanding dedication to the sport of track and field. Coach Dennis Green of Dacula High School received the Hawthorne Wesley Award for his work with the girls track and field team, while Coach Matt Henson of Parkview High School's boys track and field team was the recipient of the Judo Brown Award. "
In addition to awards, two $2,500 scholarships were presented by Atlanta Track Club and The Atlanta Track Club Foundation to local track and field seniors who excelled during their high school career. The 7th Annual Patty Foell Scholarship Award was presented to Tiffany Yue of Northview High School. The 3rd Annual Hawthorne Wesley Scholarship Award was presented Tariq Bradford of Southwest DeKalb High School.
The event was emceed by Lewis Johnson, an Olympic track and field analyst for NBC Sports. "Dream big in all areas of your life," Johnson told the high school athletes. "Be proud of what you accomplish."
For more information on the All-Metro Track and Field Awards Banquet, visit atlantatrackclub.org. To view a full list of the 2016 All-Metro Track and Field Team, visit dynamix-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/atlantatrackcluborg/atlantatrackcluborg_666377372.pdf.
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 24,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) - the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club's All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.