Gatorade® National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Trentavis Friday

North Carolina Standout Surprised With Elite Honor

Jun 30, 2014, 15:45 ET from The Gatorade Company

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 29th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, recently announced Trentavis Friday of Cherryville High School (Cherryville, N.C.) as its 2013-14 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.  Friday was surprised with the news on his college campus of Florida State University.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Friday as the nation's best high school boys track & field athlete.  A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Friday from more than 580,000 high school boys track & field athletes nationwide. Friday is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound senior won three individual state championships and anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay quartet at the Class 1A state meet this spring, leading the Ironmen to a second-place finish as a team. Friday took gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 20.95 and the 400-meter run in 47.87. The New Balance Nationals Indoor champion and the NBN meet indoor record-holder in both the 60 and 200, he also captured the 200-meter crown at this month's New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships. Friday's season-bests of 10.17 in the 100 and 20.33 in the 200 both rank as the nation's No. 1 performances among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of his selection.

Friday has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to serving on the Cherryville High school yearbook and school newspaper staffs, he has volunteered locally for two years on behalf of the First Wesleyan Church's feed-the-homeless initiative. He has also donated his time as part of his school's morning-announcements team and has worked with special needs students at the Webb Street School.

"Trentavis Friday has been the dominant sprinter of 2014 by a healthy margin," said Steve Underwood, media and public relations director of the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. "Unbeaten in finals heats: Check. Two New Balance Nationals Indoor titles, one New Balance Nationals Outdoor title: Check. All-time top-10 performances at four different indoor and outdoor distances: Check. Few male prep athletes this year have been able to win titles, impact all-time lists and enjoy untarnished records this year. As one of the few that did, Trentavis has been the most impressive."

Friday has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track & field on scholarship at Florida State University.

"Trentavis embodies everything we look for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient," said Gatorade Chief Marketing Officer Morgan Flatley. "In addition to being one of the best high school boys track and field athletes in the country, Trentavis has excelled in the classroom and been a positive influence in his community. He is a role model for younger student-athletes to look up to and we are excited to see all the things he will accomplish in the future."

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:

  • Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
  • WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
  • NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith
  • Kansas City Royals Cy Young award-winner Zach Grienke

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at, on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at













Trentavis Friday

Trayvon Bromell

Abraham Hall

Gunnar Nixon

Sam Crouser

Curtis Beach

German Fernandez

Cherryville High School, Cherryville, NC

Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL

South Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX

Santa Fe High, Edmond, OK

Gresham, Gresham, OR

Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM

Riverbank, Riverbank, CA

Florida State University

Baylor University


USA Track & Field


Duke University

Oklahoma State University Grad.


Bryshon Nellum

Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA

USA Track & Field


David Klech

California, San Ramon, CA

USA Track & Field


Ryan Whiting

Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, PA

USA Track & Field


Jason Richardson

Cedar Hill, Cedar Hill, TX



Kerron Clement

La Porte, La Porte TX

USA Track & Field/Nike


Brendan Christian

Reagan, Austin, TX

Antigua & Barbuda Nat'l


Alan Webb

South Lakes, Reston, VA



Donald Sage, Jr.

York, Elmhurst, IL

Stanford Univ. Grad.


Jacob Freeman

Bishop Hendricken, RI

Manhattan College Grad.


Jon Stevens

Mission San Jose, Fremont, CA

Stanford Univ. Grad.


Sharif Karie

West Springfield, Springfield, VA

Univ. of Arkansas Grad.


Michael Granville

Bell Gardens, Bell Gardens, CA

UCLA Grad.


Michael Stember

Jesuit, Carmichael, CA

Stanford Univ. Grad.


Andre Scott

Seminole, Sanford, FL

S. Illinois Coach


Charles Mitchell

Waco High, Waco, TX

Mississippi State Univ. Grad.


Sheddric Fields

South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX

Univ. of Houston Grad.


Bryan Bronson

Jasper, Jasper, TX

Rice Univ. Grad.


Brent Noon

Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA

Univ. of Georgia Grad.


Dion Bentley

Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

Univ. of Florida Grad.


Art Skipper, Jr.

Sandy, Sandy, OR



Kamy Keshmiri

Reno, Reno, NV

Univ. of Nevada Grad.


Eric Mastalir

Jesuit, Carmichael, CA

Vice Pres. San Jose Sharks


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