LSU football recruit named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year

BATON ROUGE – While signing his National Letter of Intent with the LSU football program as one of the nation’s top wide receivers in the Class of 2012, incoming freshman Kavahra Holmes has also proven himself as one of the nation’s leading 400-meter sprinters on the track while earning back-to-back honors as the Louisiana Gatorade Boy’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Holmes earned his second-straight selection over the weekend as the top track and field athlete in the state of Louisiana in conjunction with ESPNHS Player of the Year committee.

Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected for each state across the country as winners are based on athletic production for the 2011-12 season. Recipients also displayed high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism and sportsmanship.

Holmes lived up to his reputation as one of the nation’s elite 400-meter sprinters in the Class of 2012 after shattering his own LHSAA Class 4A meet record with a seasonal-best time of 46.18 seconds in defending his state crown in the event. While eclipsing his previous meet record of 46.31 set a year ago, Holmes ran the No. 3-ranked 400-meter time by a high school sprinter in the United States for the 2012 season.

Not only that, but Holmes anchored Breaux Bridge High School to a pair of relay wins with its victory for both the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays. The Tigers claimed their second-straight Class 4A team championship with a dominating 62-41 win over runner-up Edna Karr High School.

With his effort, Holmes was recognized as the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet for Class 4A as he is now a two-time Louisiana Gatorade Boy’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Holmes set his lifetime personal best of 46.07 in taking the 400-meter gold medal at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics National Championships held last summer at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. He ranked No. 2 nationally in the 400-meter dash in the 2011 season with his personal record of 46.07.

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