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Foster ’22 Named Gatorade New Jersey Boys’ Track & Field Player of the Year

In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Greg Foster ’22 of The Lawrenceville School is the 2021-22 Gatorade New Jersey Boys’ Track & Field Player of the Year. The Princeton University bound Foster is the first Gatorade New Jersey Boys’ Track & Field Player of the Year to be chosen from The Lawrenceville School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Foster as New Jersey’s best high school boys’ track and field athlete. He is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys’ Track & Field Player of the Year award to be announced in July.

Foster won two national titles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor this past season. He soared a state-record 51 feet, 0.75 inches to win the triple jump, which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2022. He captured the long jump with a leap of 25-6.25, while also ranked No. 2 nationally and puts him at No. 2 on the all-time New Jersey list, trailing only Olympic legend Carl Lewis. This past winter, he won both the long jump and triple jump at the Nike Indoor Nationals.

Foster has served as a peer tutor in his school and has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank. “When Greg arrived on campus his freshman year, he was brimming with potential,” said Lawrenceville Head Boys’ Track Coach Ian Mook. “We felt that if he could stay healthy and train hard, he could be great. He worked and worked and, despite obstacles, he became so much more than we ever could have imagined at that first practice.”

Foster has maintained an A average in the classroom and will compete for the Princeton University Tigers in the fall. While at Lawrenceville, he served as a captain of the outdoor track and field team. He holds seven school records - including the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter high hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. Foster closed out his Lawrenceville career by winning the School’s Nick Gusz Best Male Athlete Award, given annually to the member of the Fifth Form class who exhibits, in two or more sports, the highest degree of leadership, sportsmanship, and skill.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball, and boys’ and girls’ track and field, The program awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media, and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

Gatorade has a long-standing history of serving athlete communities and understands how sports instill valuable lifelong skills on and off the field. Through Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” platform, Foster has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national organization of their choosing that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports. He is also eligible to submit a short video explaining why the organization he chose is deserving of one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants, which will be announced throughout the year. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants have totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.

For additional information, contact Lisa M. Gillard H'17, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.