Henry Clay’s Langston Jackson was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Kentucky Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the company announced in a news release. That makes Jackson a finalist for Gatorade’s National Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year honor, which will be announced in June in Los Angeles.
Jackson, a senior, set state records in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter events at the KHSAA state championships earlier this month. His 100-meter time was third-best at the high school level this year, and his 200-meter time ranked seventh.
“In a word, Langston is incredible,” Danville Coach Chris Verhoven said, according to the news release. “As I watched him destroy state records in the 100 and 200 I thought to myself, ‘I just watched a kid who one day will represent the United States in the Olympics.’”
Jackson, who has committed to run for the University of Kentucky next season, also anchored Henry Clay’s winning teams in the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relay events at the state championships.
As part of the honor, Jackson will be able to award a $1,000 grant to the national or local youth sports organization of his choice through the Gatorade Play it Forward campaign, as well as a chance at a $10,000 grant, which he can submit an essay for.