Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Will Allen, who won every event in which he competed at this year’s Republic Bank/KHSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships, was named Kentucky’s Gatorade Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Friday.
Allen, a University of Alabama signee, swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and was the anchor leg of Dunbar’s winning 4-by-400 team. He broke Tyson Gay’s 15-year-old record in the 100-meter dash at the meet. His performance lifted Dunbar’s boys to an overall second-place finish behind Henry Clay.
Read more: Will Allen missed his sophomore year of high school — and track — because he moved to Honduras.
Dunbar has never had a boys’ or girls’ track athlete receive a state Gatorade honor, but three boys’ soccer players have done so. Brian O’Leary (1997), Michael Matthews (2003) and Sean Kelley (2006) have all won the award.
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Lily Lowe of Calloway County was named Kentucky’s Gatorade Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday.
Lowe, who won her fourth straight Class 2A high jump championship this season, has signed with the University of Hawaii. She is the first individual from Calloway County to win a Gatorade Player of the Year award in any sport.