Armand “Mondo” Duplantis of Lafayette (La.) has been named the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
The ALL-USA teams are coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Track and Field Writers of America with boys selections by Jack Shepard, high school editor of Track and Field News.
Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year: Juris Green, The Woodlands (Texas)
Long Sprints and Middle Distance
Name: Armand “Mondo” Duplantis
School: Lafayette (La.)
Event: Pole Vault
When Duplantis pole vaulted an overall world-leading 19 feet, 4 1/4 inches on April 1 at the Texas Relays the junior at Lafayette (La.) essentially wrapped up the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Not only has the 17-year-old phenom added nearly a foot to the national high school record of 18-4 3/4 set last year by Chris Nilsen of Park Hill (Kansas City), but Duplantis is in the medal hunt for next month’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.
It took nearly three months for another athlete, Sam Kendricks of the USA, to move ahead of Duplantis on the 2017…