Prince George's John Warren Earns Gatorade Honors
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Jul 20, 2014, 12:34
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PRINCE GEORGE ó Earlier this year, Prince George High School track and field senior standout John Warren impressed his family, friends, coaches and community by winning his third consecutive triple jump state title and leaping forward to grab a national title during the New Balance Nationals Outdoors championship in the spring.
But Warren, a University of Missouri commit, did not rest easy after these accomplishments, but instead continued to climb the mountain this summer to reach his Olympic aspirations.
In June, he was named as the 2013-2014 Gatorade Virginia Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the very first athlete from Prince George High School ever to be recognized with this award.
In addition to this, he was also recently selected to compete in the triple jump as one of two males on the USA Track & Field Junior World Team.
At the World Junior trials, Warren placed fourth with a 50 foot, 0.75 inch triple jump, and also qualified for the long jump competition, but chose to stick with his stronger skill set in the triple jump, according to MileStat.
The International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships are scheduled to take place from July 22 to July 27 in Eugene, Oregon.
At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Warren earned his personal best triple jump during the 5A Conference championship this high school season with a 51 foot, 3 inch performance, and he also won his national title with a 50 foot, 6.75 inch leap in the spring.
John's mother, Amanda, said that John had already gone off to begin summer classes when the notification came in the mail saying that he had earned the Gatorade title. She exuded great pride when speaking of her son's achievements.
"John's father [John Sr.] and I are ecstatic about how John has accomplished his high school career. We've always instilled in him that he can do anything that he put his mind to, and for him to get this honor, it basically sealed his accomplishments in high school. It is well deserved," Amanda said with much enthusiasm and appreciation for the state's recognition of John's athletic successes.
Jumping coach Will Stevens at Prince George High School was amazed by the sheer talent exhibited by John during his performance at the high school level.
ďItís his strength and his bounceóJohnís bounce is incredible...When the season started, I was (temporarily) in a wheelchair and he was doing jumps over me. It was amazing," Stevens said, as written in a press release.
Having earned his three consecutive state titles in Texas, Kansas and then Virginia in 2014, John was also ranked No. 1 in the country for the 2013-2014 indoor track season, all while he maintained a 3.59 grade point average through his academic career, according to a Gatorade press release.
With several accomplishments already under his belt, and his upcoming practice with the University of Missouri, John looks to be able to consistently jump more than 52 feet and qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.