Orange's Jamar Davis is the second Panthers athlete to be named the Gatorade boys track and field athlete of the year for North Carolina, joining former NFL player Alvis Whitted.
Davis, who was also an all-state selection in the fall for boys soccer, was named the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state meet MVP at the outdoor track and field championships after winning the triple jump (49 feet, 10.75 inches) and long jump (23-5). He also took second in the 300 hurdles (38.02 seconds) at the meet, and later finished fifth in the triple jump at the New Balance Nationals (50-3.25).
According to the Gatorade press release, Davis also has a 4.40 GPA and volunteers at youth soccer and wrestling camps.
"Jamar is a very dedicated and coachable young athlete,” said Orange coach Eric Stephens said in a statement. “He has a highly defined work ethic and he’s been a student of the sport, even reaching out to help coach younger teammates.”
Davis will compete at N.C. State this fall, the same school where Whitted was a two-sport star.
Former state Gatorade winners include Cardinal Gibbons alumnus Connor Lane (2017), Hillside's Marcus Krah (2016), Southeast Raleigh's Wayne Davis (2009), Chapel Hill's Jack Bolas (2007) and Whitted (1993).