Valor Christian's Cole Sprout named boys track athlete of the year

State track 2019

(Ryan Casey/

Valor Christian junior Cole Sprout was named the 2019 boys track athlete of the year in Colorado by Gatorade on Monday.

It is the second consecutive year Sprout won the award, and this is the fourth Gatorade award of Sprout's stellar career so far. He was also named the boys cross country runner of the year the past two seasons.

Sprout won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Class 5A state meet this past season, helping the Eagles win the team title. He also ran the fastest two-mile time nationally (8:46.41) earlier in the season.

"Cole is a relentless competitor," said Valor Christian  coach Brian Kula. "He's a frontrunner who sets huge goals for himself, but he has amazing control of his emotions and manages high-level running and academics with humility."

Sprout has a 3.98 GPA, and volunteers locally on behalf of a soup kitchen, as well as Operation Christmas Child, and he also has taken a service-mission trip to Ethiopia.

He is the 11th athlete from Valor Christian to win a Gatorade award in school history, and joins fellow Valor track athlete Anna Hall, who won the girls award.