Here are 10 high school boys outdoor track athletes from the Tuscaloosa area to watch in 2021:
Hughes Deschner, senior, Northridge: Deschner has range in multiple field events, but specializes in the javelin and pole vault. Deschner placed fifth at this years AHSAA indoor state meet in the pole vault and currently ranks fifth in the state for javelin.
Javion Watkins, junior, Paul W. Bryant: Watkins runs sprints anywhere in the 100- to 400-meter range but is also a gifted long jumper. Watkins was this years indoor state champion in the long jump, and holds a personal best of 22 feet, 8.75 inches in the event. Watkins will look to continue his jumping dominance this outdoor season.
Forrest York, senior, Northridge: Northridge senior Forrest York is one of the best distance runners in the Tuscaloosa area. York holds personal best times of 4:41 for the 1,600-meter run, and 10:18 for the 3,200-meter run. York will try to improve on his 16th-place finish in the 3,200 from the 2019 AHSAA outdoor state meet.
Brayden Harris, senior, Demopolis: Harris holds personal best times of 15.07 in the 110-meter hurdles and 40.79 in the 300-meter hurdles. Harris currently ranks 10th in the state this outdoor season in the 110 hurdles and 11th in the 300 hurdles. Harris also runs the 200-meter dash and holds a personal best time of 23.47.
Jayden Dunson, junior, Hillcrest: Hillcrest junior Jayden Dunson specializes in the 200- and 400-meter dash events. Dunson is off to a hot start this outdoor season, posting new personal best times of 22.14 for the 200 and 49.99 for the 400. Dunson placed third at this years indoor state meet in the 400.
Cam Jeffery, senior, American Christian Academy: Jeffery is known as one of the best hurdlers in the Tuscaloosa area. He holds a personal best time of 15.11 in the 110-meter hurdles and currently ranks 19th in the state this outdoor season in the event with a time of 15.36.
Damien Taylor, senior, Tuscaloosa County: Taylor is a football signee with Troy and runs the 100-meter dash for the Wildcats. Taylor holds a personal best time of 11.49 in the 100, which was from the 2019 outdoor season. Taylor hopes to qualify for the state meet in the 100 as well as the 4×100 meter relay.
Letrell Morrison, senior, Bibb County: Morrison made his name known throughout the state this season, placing fourth in the high jump, and second in the triple jump at this years indoor state meet. Morrison holds personal bests of 6-0 feet for the high jump and 44-7 feet for the triple jump, both of which came during this years outdoor season.
Deshun Murrell, senior, Bibb County: Murrell, a UCLA football signee, runs distances from the 100- to 400-meter range, but is at his best while running the 400-meter dash. Murrell placed fourth overall at this years indoor state meet for the 400 and holds a personal best time of 50.09. Murrell currently ranks 18th in the state in the 400 for this year’s outdoor season.
Dawson Klein, sophomore, Winfield: Klein is one of Tuscaloosa’s up-and-coming distance stars. He placed fifth at this season’s indoor state meet in the 800-meter run, running a time of 2:06.25. Klein also holds a personal best time of 4:44 in the 1,600-meter run.