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Trenton Wailehua named Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year

TJ Wailehua runs unofficial state record in 400m with 47.96

Performance drink Gatorade is now in its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athlete. Just last week, Trenton Wailehua of Saint Louis School was named its 2019-20 Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Wailehua is the first Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Saint Louis School, as the award,recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

TJ is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in July.

In his only meet of the abbreviated 2020 outdoor season, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior broke the state record in the 400-meter run this spring with a time of 47.96 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 9 performance among prep competitors in 2020.

Due to his time not being ran at the ‘state track meet’ the time has been announced as an “unofficial state record.”

Wailehua took second in the 400 at both the 2018 and 2019 state meet as a sophomore and junior, and won the state championship in the event as a freshman.

He has not only starred out on the track but also the classroom, Wailehua has maintained a 3.16 GPA throughout his prep career. He will attend the University of Oregon, where he will compete in track and field.

Wailehua joins recent Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Tanner Moku (2018-19, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama High School), Rey Cadiz (2017-18, Baldwin High School), Christian Padron (2016-17, Damien Memorial School), Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis (2015-16, Baldwin High School), Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz (2014-15, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama High School), and Dylan Kane (2013-14, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.