Buford rising senior Kimberly Harris was recognized Wednesday night as the winner of the prestigious Barbara Burton Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete Award, given by the Atlanta Track Club to the top high-school athlete in the sport.
Harris was one of four top individual award winners at the 55th annual All-Metro Track and Field Banquet. She won individual state titles in the 200- and 400-meter run, and the 400 and 1,600 relays this season. She also ran a 300 this spring that was the third-fastest by a high-schooler in U.S. history.
Carrollton pole vaulter Payton Phillips earned the Red Smith Award as top female field performer. The male winners were St. Pius’ Tanner Duffin (Bruce Yohe Most Outstanding Field Athlete) and Chapel Hill’s Jaylen Slade (Justin Long Most Outstanding Track Athlete).
The four top award winners received a $1,500 scholarship each from Atlanta Track Club for their college education as part of the honor.
Harris also was on the All-Metro Team in the 400, and joined teammates Trinity Rossum, Phoenix Armstead, Britney Johnson and Trinity Price on the All-Metro 400 relay.
Gwinnett also was represented on the All-Metro Team by Shiloh’s Jazmine Hobson (100), Greater Atlanta Christian’s Jasmine Jones (long jump), Brookwood’s Morgan Bentley (triple jump), Parkview’s Brian Hauch (pole vault) and Shiloh’s 1,600 relay team of Christion Barker, Elijah Berry, Paryce Taylor, Jaden Barker, Omar Simpson and Patrez Thomas.
The state championship coaches for the Shiloh boys, Buford girls and GAC girls also were celebrated at the event.