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Westlake's Malik Mixon Named Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year

Malik Mixon

 

Westlake High's Malik Mixon has been named 2020-21 Gatorade Georgia Boys Track & Field Player of the Year. In a press release, Gatorade notes "the 6-foot-1, 176-pound senior swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the Class 6A state meet, clocking a personal-best time in the latter and leading the Lions to a third-place finish as a team."

Mixon is the second Gatorade Georgia Track & Field Player of the Year to be chosen from Westlake High School. Westlake’s Kennedy Simon was named the 2016-2017 Gatorade Georgia State Girls Track and Field Player of the Year.

“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 Mixon as Georgia’s best high school boys track & field athlete,” according to the press release.  Coach Jason Cage, who has worked with Mixon throughout his career at Westlake, says he is a rare type of student athlete. “He is like an extra coach on our team and leads the team with his positive attitude.”

Mixon is a community volunteer and works hard in the classroom. “I am very proud of the student-athlete that Malik is,” said Westlake Athletic Director Carl Green. “All his hard work has paid off. He is a great representative of Westlake Athletics.”

Westlake principal Jarvis Adams agrees. “Malik may be the South Fulton Man of the Year,” Adams said. “While Westlake served as an election polling place, I observed Malik lift a disabled-amputee Navy veteran out of a vehicle and place him in a wheelchair. Then Malik pushed the wheelchair to the polling door, later to reverse the process and return the veteran back into his vehicle. Malik does not just jump over hurdles, but helps others overcome hurdles as well.”