JT McCloud

Union’s JT McCloud won 6A titles in the 100 and 200 meters and had the state’s fastest times in the events in 2019. He is the latest recipient of the Gatorade Award as the state’s top male track and field athlete for 2019. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Union sprinter JT McCloud is the latest recipient of the Gatorade Award as Oklahoma’s premier male high school track and field athlete of the year.

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior broke the tape in the 100-meter dash in 10.59 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 21.36 seconds at the 6A state track meet.

McCloud is the first track athlete from his school chosen for the award. The Gatorade Corporation made the announcement Monday in its 34th year of honoring the top high school athletes in the 50 state and the District of Columbia

He was also named Tulsa World boys track athlete of the year during the third annual All-World Awards banquet Saturday at the Mariott Southern Hills.

McCloud’s season-best 200-meter time of 21.09 at the University of Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational was 32 hundredths of a second off the state record. He also posted a season-best 10.47 seconds in the 100 and both times ranked among the nation’s top 25 performances in 2019 at the time of his selection.

“JT McCloud is the most dominant sprinter in the state,” Union coach Steve Patterson said. “He’s very confident in his abilities, and he’s a quiet leader who shows up every day and works hard.”

The Gatorade Award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. McCloud is an active member of his church youth group and volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school reading initiative

He maintained a 3.81 GPA and also was a standout defensive back, part of state-championship, state runner-up and state-semifinal football teams in his three seasons with the Redskins. He has signed to play football at the University of Utah.

McCloud is now eligible for Gatorade’s national track and field athlete award, which will be named later this month.

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