Javonte’ Harding, a recent graduate of Prince George, was named the state’s top boys track and field athlete by Gatorade, which is continuing to hand out is annual awards even though the spring season was canceled.
Harding posted the nation’s fifth fastest time in the 55-meter dash during the indoor season, 6.30, and he won the Class 5 state championship in the event. His time in the 300-meter dash was 22nd best in the country.
Last year, he finished second in the 100-meter dash at New Balance Nationals Outdoor, making him an All-American. His time in the 100 meters, 10.39, was the state’s third best time ever among high school competitors.
He signed with North Carolina A&T and held a 3.14 GPA in high school.
Harding, who runs despite living with partial hearing loss, was named All-Metro for indoor during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was named All-Metro for his sophomore and junior outdoor seasons. The Times-Dispatch did not name All-Metro teams for the 2020 spring season.
Harding is the second Richmond-area athlete to win a state award from Gatorade this season. Benedictine’s Jay Woolfolk was Gatorade’s pick in baseball.