BOY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Chris Nelson, South Forsyth
“I just go on the blocks and think I win.”
It’s the spirit Chris Nelson, South Forsyth’s rising eldest, brings to every track and field race he runs.
As Nelson prepares for an event, his confidence skyrockets, preparing his mind for the thought that he will cross the finish line first.
As he enters his starting blocks, he sees himself as the top performer and fastest runner. Of course, he was right. Nelson ran the fastest 100 yards (10.28 seconds) and fastest 200 yards (20.87 seconds) in the state last spring. Additionally, he was a 6-7A region champion in the long jump with a 25-foot leap.
His mentality helped him become the Forsyth County News Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
“It feels good,” Nelson said. “I feel accomplished. I feel like everything we’ve done has paid off.”
“For the 200m, of course, it was nervous to pass, but it’s really about the mentality,” Nelson said in describing the 200m race.
A big motivation for Nelson is his brother, Joshua.
“We compete in everything we do,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s on or off the football pitch, on or off the track. It’s always who is better than the other, because we’re both equally athletic.”
Nelson’s most memorable moment this season was racing at the McEachern Invitational, where he set his personal best in the 100 and 200.
“Those numbers put me high in the standings, and I think it was just an explosive encounter,” Nelson said.
Nelson’s goal for this upcoming track and field season is to break nine seconds in the 100 yards, stay undefeated and win the state title as a team.