T.C. Williams High School senior Noah Lyles has been named 2015 Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.
This year, Noah became the United States National Champion over 200 meters and held the 2015 World Junior Record for that distance. He also posted the fastest time in the country in the 100 meter dash.
Noah captured a gold medal in the 200 meter dash and silver medal in 100 meter dash for Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and won gold in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and the high school National Outdoor Championship in Greensboro, NC.
Noah puts his success down to team work and the support of his coaches, T.C. Williams head coach Mike Hughes and sprint coach Rashawn Jackson, and his brother, Josephus.
“I am very happy to have all the support that I have. My coaches are always there to help. They are a great part of the team and have me and Josephus’s best interest at heart. Josephus is always pushing me to think bigger. Whenever I think of a goal that’s too low or I don’t think I can do it, he always tells me to think bigger. But the best part is that everyone knows when to take a break, and is looking towards the future, and not just what we can do in the moment,” Noah said.
His younger brother Josephus, National Champion at 400 meters, was ranked eleventh in the 2015 National Scholastic Athletics Foundation listings.
Josephus took first place in the 400 meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash at the U.S. World Youth Trials to qualify for Team USA at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. In Cali, he earned a silver medal in the 400 meter dash and bronze in the 200 meter dash. He finished the 2015 season ranked US #2 at 400 meters and US #6 at 200 meters.
At the Penn Relays in April, the Lyles brothers led T.C. Williams as the top American team in both the 4×100 meter relay and the 4×400 meter relay events. The Lyles brothers also competed for Team USA in the Caribbean Scholastic Championship in Havana, Cuba — the first American high school athletes to compete in Cuba.
In addition to their extraordinary accomplishments on the track, Noah and Josephus have recently also become poster students for T.C. Williams, staring in the ACPS 2020 Every Student Succeeds video, which promotes the future of ACPS over the next five years.
Both have their sights set on graduation this summer and then aim to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene next July.
Watch Noah and Josephus sprint in the ACPS 2020: Every Student Succeeds video below. #EveryStudent