Xavier’s Sam Forte Named the 2024 CHSCA Boys’ Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

In a remarkable culmination of an outstanding high school track and field career, Sam Forte of Xavier High School has been named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Boys’ Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Forte's dedication, talent, and hard work have earned him this prestigious recognition, highlighting his dominance in hurdling events.

Forte leaves an indelible mark on Xavier High School, holding program records in all three hurdling events. His record-breaking performances include the 55-meter hurdles during the indoor season, and both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles in the outdoor season. 

As a senior, Forte's prowess was on full display as he secured numerous titles and accolades. He was crowned the State Open Champion in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, setting a new state open record in the 300-meter hurdles. His dominance extended to the Class L championships, where he again emerged victorious in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. These stellar performances earned him 1st Team All-State honors in both events.

In addition to his state-level success, Forte excelled in conference competitions. He was named 1st Team All-SCC in the 110-meter hurdles and 2nd Team All-SCC in the 300-meter hurdles. He clinched the SCC championship in the 110-meter hurdles and secured second place in the 300-meter hurdles. At the SCC West Sectional Championships, Forte once again proved his mettle by winning both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Forte's achievements were not confined to state and conference levels. He also triumphed on the regional stage, becoming the New England Champion in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. This regional dominance further solidified his status as one of the top high school hurdlers in the country.

“Through his time at Xavier High School, Sam has meticulously honed his craft, not sparing any detail in a quest to become one of the best hurdlers in Connecticut Track & Field history,” Xavier High School Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach Chris Stonier said. “He has inspired others and offered his knowledge in an effort to help them improve. Sam is the model for what every multi-sport athlete should aspire to be, never shying away from an opportunity to showcase, and expose, his exceptional strength, speed and athleticism.”

Sam’s track and field journey will continue next year at Division I Samford University next year. His achievements at Xavier High School have set a high standard, and his future in track and field looks exceedingly bright.

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