The Class Of 2016: Is Noah Lyles On A Path To GOAT Status?

Note: On Friday, Noah Lyles became the first athlete since Usain Bolt to secure a World Championship sprint double, capping off the 200m final with a winning time of 19.52 seconds. Lyles previously won the 100m World title earlier in the week in history. The T.C. Williams (VA) High School graduate now has three World titles in the 200m. 

The Class of 2016 has the potential to go down as the greatest crop of track and field athletes from one graduating class ever. 

A handful of athletes from that year have already won NCAA titles, earned international medals and set new American and World records. 

Our final Class of 2016 athlete is none other than Noah Lyles, a multiple-time World Champion at 200 meters and one of the all-time greatest athletes in high school history.

Lyles was certainly one for legend in Virginia, securing his fair share of state marks and championship performances. But the 2016 T.C. Williams graduate made his biggest mark at the age of 18 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing fourth overall with a new high school national record of 20.09 seconds. 

Lyles would go on to win the 100m and 4x100 at the World U20 Championships before ultimately deciding to turn pro alongside his brother Josephus with adidas. Since then, Lyles has continued to improve and he has become one of the United States' most marketable stars.