Jaylen Boudreaux of Cane Bay High School became the first Cobras student-athlete to win the Gatorade Player of the Year award.
An outstanding junior on the track, Boudreaux was chosen as South Carolina’s top male track and field athlete for the 2021 season.
Boudreaux swept the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles in the Class 5A State competition, setting a new state record in the latter, and claimed victory as the anchor leg of the Cobras winning 4×400 relay.
“Once that shot is fired you better be ready because it’s coming,” Cane Bay coach Greg Hall said after the state meeting in May.
Boudreaux rushed out of the blocks to win the 110-meter hurdles in 14.19, 0.33 seconds ahead of the finalist. In the 400 hurdles, Boudreaux burned the track to win by more than two seconds and set a new state competition record with a time of 52.16.
In the relay, Boudreaux took over in third place and signaled two riders in front of him. He became the leading runner with around 40 meters to go in the home stretch and crossed the finish line for a third gold medal. The Cobras’ time of 3: 20.30 was 1.71 seconds better than runner-up and also the State’s No.1 mark.
The state’s performance was a continuation of a dominant spring projection.
Regionally, Boudreaux won the 7-AAAAA region championship in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles and also ran a stage for the gold-winning Cobras 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
He was named the region’s Track Athlete of the Year and also won the Berkeley County Championship in both hurdles.