Trumbull’s Tyler Green and Bloomfield’s Brittany Jones were named the 2016-17 Track and Field Players of the Year by Gatorade, the company announced Thursday.
Gleen, a 6-foot, 162-pound senior excelled in the 800-meter run for Trumbull. He won the State Open in 1:51.09, which was the 25th-best performance in the country. He also won the event in the Class LL championships and at New Englands.
Gleen is also active in the Greater Bridgeport community as a member of the Boys Scouts of America. He has volunteered for food donation drives, at a soup kitchen and with community clean-up.
He maintained a B average and will compete at the University of Connecticut.
“Tyler was a coach’s dream,” Trumbull High School coach Bill Gadus said in a statement provided by Gatorade. “His work ethic and attitude were unmatched, but he always remained grounded and humble.”
Jones, a 5-foot-7 senior, led Bloomfield to the Class S and State Open championship with outstanding performances in the shot put and discus events.
She threw a meet-record 45 feet, 10.75 inches in the shot put and threw a 138-3 in the discus at the Class S meet. She won the shot put at the State Open and took second in both events at the New England meet.
Her best shot put throw of the season was a 47.6.5, which placed her 20th in the country.
Jones also volunteers on behalf of youth track programs. Jones she has maintained a 3.73 GPA and will compete at the University of Virginia.
“Brittany is the most determined young woman I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,” Bloomfield High School coach Anne Burrows said in a statement. “When she started as a freshman, she thought she would follow the footsteps of her older brother and sister, who were both talented sprinters. When that didn’t work out the way she had envisioned, she took on throwing. She’s put in countless hours of hard work to make her the thrower she is today. She’s rewritten our record books and she’s not just talented in one of the throws, but all of them.”
Jones and Gleen will be awarded a $1,000 grant toward a national or local youth sports organization of their choosing. They are eligible to earn an additional $10,000 by writing an essay on why their selected organization deserves additional support.