Quincy Watts of Taft High has been named the sophomore state athlete of the year by Cal-Hi Sports magazine.
Watts, 16, won the state title in the 200-meter dash in the June state meet at Cerritos College and finished second in the 100. He also anchored the 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish.
Led by Watts, Taft won its first state and City track championships.
The victory by Taft in the state meet was a first for a Valley boys team. The City championship was only the second by a Valley team and the first in 10 years.
At the City championships at Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Watts won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the victorious 400-meter relay. He also ran the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay team, which finished fifth.