Photo Gallery | Atlanta Track Club All-Metro High School Track & Field Awards
ATLANTA -- This year's Atlanta Track Club All-Metro High School Track & Field Awards honored some of the area's track and field standouts, past and present.
More than 300 people attended a recent banquet and awards ceremony at the Westminster School in Buckhead.
"By honoring both high school and professional excellence at the same event, we hope to inspire Atlanta's youth to stay active and compete even beyond their high school years," Atlanta Track Club executive director Rich Kenah said in a release.
Shot putter Adam Nelson spoke at this year's banquet. Nelson is a 1993 graduate of the Lovett School in Buckhead, where he lettered in football and track. He competed in three Olympic Games -- 2000, 2004 and 2008 -- and won medals at two of them. After earning silver in Sydney, he went on to receive gold in Athens.
Two $2,500 scholarships were awarded at the event. Dunwoody High School's Alex Cameron received this year's Patty Foell Scholarship Award for athletic and academic excellence by a female student. Kenan Farmer, a student at Walton High School, earned the inaugural Hawthorne Wesley Scholarship Award for an outstanding male student-athlete.
Former Tucker High School standout Dwight Phillips was inducted into the Georgia High School Track & Field and Cross-Country Hall of Fame. Phillips is a four-time long jump world champion and earned the gold medal in his discipline at the 2004 Athens Olympics.