Athlete of the Week: Patrick Taylor

Last season, Patrick Taylor, just a sophomore for Norwich, was named the track and field team’s MVP. It was quite an honor for the young man, who was competing with so many talented teammates.

Today, Taylor becomes the third NHS boy over the past year honored as Smith Ford LLC/Giant’s Warehouse/Evening Sun Athlete of the Week, and the traits that Taylor embodies are nearly identical to those of his teammates.

“He’s along the same lines as Matt Murray and Kyle Acenowr,” said Norwich head varsity boys coach, Paul Sims of his standout athletes who have earned weekly athlete awards. “We have a bunch of people on our team like that. Patrick will do whatever he is asked, he is very respectful, and if you give him a workout to complete, he always gets it done.”

Looking at Taylor’s performance this season, and you see a level of consistent excellence. He has placed and scored points in every event he has entered this season, and he is usually near the top or on top. Just in the last 10 days, he has dominated the competition. Taylor participated in dual meets against Susquehanna Valley and Owego, and he sandwiched those duals around the Norwich-hosted REK Invitational last Friday. In the 12 events Taylor has entered, he has 10 first-place finishes, and the other two events he placed second. Just to give credit where it is due, three of his wins have come in relays where Taylor has served as the lead-off man.

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