Holmes earned his second-straight selection over the weekend as the top track and field athlete in the state of Louisiana in conjunction with ESPNHS Player of the Year committee.
Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected for each state across the country as winners are based on athletic production for the 2011-12 season. Recipients also displayed high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism and sportsmanship.
Holmes lived up to his reputation as one of the nation’s elite 400-meter sprinters in the Class of 2012 after shattering his own LHSAA Class 4A meet record with a seasonal-best time of 46.18 seconds in defending his state crown in the event. While eclipsing his previous meet record of 46.31 set a year ago, Holmes ran the No. 3-ranked 400-meter time by a high school sprinter in the United States for the 2012 season.
Not only that, but Holmes anchored Breaux Bridge High School to a pair of relay wins with its victory for both the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays. The Tigers claimed their second-straight Class 4A team championship with a dominating 62-41 win over runner-up Edna Karr High School.
With his effort, Holmes was recognized as the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet for Class 4A as he is now a two-time Louisiana Gatorade Boy’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Holmes set his lifetime personal best of 46.07 in taking the 400-meter gold medal at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics National Championships held last summer at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. He ranked No. 2 nationally in the 400-meter dash in the 2011 season with his personal record of 46.07.