The Class Of 2016: Noah Lyles


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. We caught up with them as they prepared for their biggest test yet: The U.S. Olympic Trials. 

Our final Class of 2016 athlete is none other than Noah Lyles, a 2019 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. 

If Lyles qualifies for the Olympics on Sunday in the 200m final, he could very well be in the hunt for a gold medal.