Shannon Segars was staring down what was promising to be an incredible season to polish off his Commerce career. Even though he didn’t get to finish it, or even barely get it started, the hype surrounding the work he had put in was enough to earn him Athlete of the Year honors for Track & Field.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Long Jump: 23’1 (School Record)
- Triple Jump: 42′-7.5″
- 2019: Area Champion & State Champion (LJ); Relays State 5th
- Ranked #4 in GA in Long Jump (all classes) & 46th in the nation
The senior was a long jump, triple jump and relays star, and even sprinted in the 100. It’s a shame we couldn’t see him earn some more hardware to close it out.
- Shannon Segars – 62 pts (11 1st-place votes)
- Grey Bourlet – 37.25 (2)
- Robbie Head – 31.5
- Griffin Stephens – 19.25 (2)
- Ryder Pagel – 17.75
- Collin Kilgore – 14.5 (1)
- Nix Burkett – 13.75
Voting for Player of the Year is performed by an internal voting panel consisting of mostly local sports reporters, as well as a small group of former officials, former players, and former coaches. The panel ranks the finalists in order, producing a Heisman-style voting point total.
HISTORY OF T&F ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2020 – Shannon Segars (Commerce SR) – Jumps
2019 – Eli Morris (Jefferson SR) – Hurdles
2018 – Guy Gober (Rabun JR) – Distance
2017 – Zatrick Pearce (Tallulah Falls SR) – Sprint/Jumps
2016 – Jay Acker (Commerce SR) – Vault/Throws
2015 – Austin Pierce (Lumpkin JR) – Sprints
2014 – Charlie Woerner (Rabun SO) – Throws/Hurdles
2013 – DiKerrio Ramsey (Commerce SR) – Jumps
2012 – Jocquise Lloyd (Hayesville SR) – Jumps/Sprints
2011 – Taylor Guthrie (Lumpkin SR) – Jumps
2010 – Andrew Seay (Habersham SR) – Throws
Segars is the third Commerce athlete to claim the honors. He’s also the first jumper to win it in four years. This award has typically favored seniors, as it has gone to such an athlete nine times.
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE
Five of the seven finalists are moving on. Of the two finalists coming back, Grey Bourlet (Tallulah Falls) is the early favorite seeing as he was runner-up in the voting. Collin Kilgore (Dawson) is also a prime candidate, and no doubt someone else will emerge.
POY Graphic (Framed 11×17) – Shannon Segars
POY Graphic (Framed 11x17) - Shannon Segars