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Antwan Hughes Jr. made his way into the national spotlight following a stellar state championship performance.
Hughes, the junior out of Parkland (NC), sprinted his way to a North Carolina 4A state indoor title in the 55m on Feb. 11, clocking 6.19 thanks to a quick reaction out of the blocks.
That puts him at US No. 1 in the event and gave him a new state record at the distance.
It was a performance that not only garnered a lot of buzz from fans on-site at the championships and others on social media, but earned Hughes the National Boys Performer Of The Week award in the 11th poll of the indoor season.
Hughes earned 61-percent of the vote to win the weekly performer nod.
The latest poll features even more title winners as state championship season continues, along with other top athletes from premiere indoor competitions and even from some of the first outdoor meets of the year.
And going forward through the end of the outdoor track season, winners will be awarded coveted National Athlete Of The Week backpacks courtesy of TrackBarn. If selected as National Boys Performer Of The Week, please send mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your bag.
Vote below for your National Boys Performer Of The Week from meets contested Feb. 13 - 19.
Joshua Mooney, Stonington (CT): Clocked a Connecticut state record and US No. 1 mark of 7.26 to win the 55mH state title at the CIAC State Indoor Championships. Mooney also finished third in the long jump and seventh in the 55m.
Broderick Davis, Scotlandville (LA): Won three titles in the long jump, triple jump and 60mH at the LHSAA Division I State Indoor Championships. Davis' winning marks of 7.86 in the 60mH and 24-0.5 in the long jump rank him at US No. 5 and No. 6 in the respective events.
Daniel Simmons, American Fork (UT): Won the 3,200m at the Simplot Games in 8:53.80 for a US No. 2 performance at the distance.
Zamarii Sanders, American Heritage (FL): Clocked 10.40 (1.7) to win the 100m at the Louie Bing Invitational in the first track race of his high school career, which also ranks as the top 100m performance seen in the early weeks of outdoor competition.
Cade DeWitt, Bentonville West (AR): Took first in the boys pole vault at the Arkansas 6A State Indoor Championships with a PR mark of 16-6 for a US No. 5 effort.
Devan Kipyego, St. Raphael Academy (RI): Earned four state indoor titles at the Rhode Island Indoor Championships, pulling off the quadruple of the 600m, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m with times of 1:22.63, 2:33.17, 4:00.39 and 8:43.78.
Leo Young, Newbury Park (CA): Led the U.S. U20 team to a bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships with a 16th-place finish in the 8k race.
- Week 1: Killian Fahy, Cuthbertson (NC)
- Week 2: Brody Buffington, Catoctin (MD)
- Week 3: Nicholas Frattina, Mount Olive (NJ)
- Week 4: Tinoda Matsatsa, St. Andrew's Episcopal (MD)
- Week 5: Charles Perry, UMS-Wright (AL)
- Week 6: Nyckoles Harbor, Archbishop Carroll (DC)
- Week 7: Quincy Wilson, Bullis School (MD)
- Week 8: Maxwell Hardin, Auburn (AL)
- Week 9: Xavier Donaldson, Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
- Week 10: Antwan Hughes Jr., Parkland (NC)