For the second straight year, Vista Murrieta can claim the State Boys Athlete of the Year. It’s another member of the Broncos’ track team who gets the nod, but this time sprinter Javelin Guidry also happened to have been one of the top football defensive backs in Southern California last fall as well.
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There’s a good explanation why Javelin Guidry from Vista Murrieta High in Murrieta was not among a list of the top junior athletes of the year in California one year ago. Guidry hadn’t yet transferred from Cedar Park, Texas.
But it didn’t take long for Guidry to become one of the best in the state at his position in football and then in the spring he set records as a sprinter for the Broncos’ track team. His accomplishments in both now bring him recognition as the 2016-17 Boys State Athlete of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.
It’s the second straight year a Vista Murrieta sprinter has captured the overall athletic honor in the state. Guidry follows 2016 grad Michael Norman, who did not play football but was so dominant in the 200 and 400-meter sprints that he edged out Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball from basketball for the top selection.
While it is two in a row for the Broncos, Guidry is only the fourth from the Inland Empire to ever be chosen Boys State Athlete of the Year. The only others are Jim McCullough of Hemet for 1981-82 (football, wrestling) and Chris Claiborne of Riverside J.W. North for 1995-96 (football, basketball).
If Guidry had come to California earlier, it’s likely he would have been well-known and a candidate to have been State Boys Junior Athlete of the Year. He won the Class 5A 100-meter state title in Texas as a junior at Cedar Park and also was the fastest player at the The Dallas Opening regional football camp earlier in the spring.
In football for Vista Murrieta, Guidry enjoyed success on both sides of the ball. On defense, which is his primary position and one he’ll probably play at the University of Utah, Guidry came up with six interceptions and nearly 40 tackles and was on the All-Southwestern League first team. He also had 73 carries for 589 yards and three touchdowns rushing and caught 16 passes for 233 yards. Guidry also helped Vista Murrieta to a 9-3 season that included a CIF Southern Section Division I playoff win against Bishop Amat of La Puente.
On the track, Guidry emerged as a bonafide CIF state title contender in the 100 when he won the 100 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. At the CIF state meet in Clovis, Guidry not only won but ripped off a 10.13 clocking with a wind-aided reading that still stands as the fastest time under any conditions in CIF state meet history. He also became the first athlete ever to win 100-meter state titles in Texas and California in back-to-back years. The California crown also is never easy because unlike in Texas there is only one race for the entire state and no divisions. In the state meet, Guidry also ran the second leg on Vista Murrieta’s 4×100 relay team that placed third.
Despite coming from Texas, this also is not the first time that someone in the Guidry family has received a state honor. Javelin Guidry Sr. was a 1993 all-state choice in football when he stood out as a defensive back at Gahr of Cerritos before going on to start as a true freshman at UCLA.
Pops was not the State Athlete of the Year, but we’re pretty sure he’s okay with his son now being the latest on a long list of winners that dates back more than 100 years.
ALL-TIME CAL-HI SPORTS
BOYS STATE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
(Selected by Cal-Hi Sports)
2016-17 – Javelin Guidry, Murrieta Vista Murrieta (football, track)
2015-16 – Michael Norman, Murrieta Vista Murrieta (track)
2014-15 – T.J. DeFalco, Huntington Beach (volleyball)
2013-14 – Nick Nevills, Clovis (football, wrestling)
2012-13 – Khalfani Muhammad, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (football, track)
2011-12 – Khalfani Muhammad, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (football, track)
2010-11 – Marqise Lee, Gardena Serra (football, basketball, track)
2009-10 – Robert Woods, Gardena Serra (football, track)
2008-09 – Tyler Gaffney, San Diego Cathedral Catholic (football, baseball)
2007-08 – German Fernandez, Riverbank (cross country, track)
2006-07 – Mike Stanton, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (football, basketball, baseball)
2005-06 – Chase Budinger, Carlsbad La Costa Canyon (basketball, volleyball)
2004-05 – Drew Shiller, Burlingame (football, basketball, baseball)
2003-04 – Kenny O’Neal, Oakland Skyline (football, track)
2002-03 – Steve Smith, Woodland Hills Taft (football, basketball, track)
2001-02 – Aaron Piersol, Newport Beach Newport Harbor (swimming)
2000-01 – Antwon Guidry, San Jose Leigh (football, basketball, track)
1999-00 – D.J. Williams, Concord De La Salle (football, track)
1998-99 – Chris Lewis, Long Beach Poly (football, volleyball)
1997-98 – C.C. Sabathia, Vallejo (football, basketball, baseball)
1996-97 – Ken-Yon Rambo, Long Beach Poly (football, track)
1995-96 – Chris Claiborne, Riverside J.W. North (football, basketball)
1994-95 – Eric Guerrero, San Jose Independence (wrestling)
1993-94 – McKay Christensen, Fresno Clovis West (football, baseball)
1992-93 – Calvin Harrison, Salinas North Salinas (track, basketball)
1991-92 – Jason Kidd, Alameda St. Joseph (basketball, baseball)
1990-91 – Rob Johnson, El Toro (football, basketball, baseball)
1989-90 – Ryan Hancock, Cupertino Monta Vista (football, baseball)
1988-89 – Lorenzo Neal, Lemoore (football, wrestling)
1987-88 – Adam Keefe, Irvine Woodbridge (basketball, volleyball)
1986-87 – LeRon Ellis, Santa Ana Mater Dei (water polo, basketball, track)
1985-86 – Brian Johnson, Oakland Skyline (football, baseball)
1984-85 – George Porter, Lompoc Cabrillo (basketball, track)
1983-84 – John Williams, L. A. Crenshaw (basketball)
1982-83 – Mike Smith, Hacienda Heights Los Altos (football, basketball, volleyball)
1981-82 – Jim McCullough, Hemet (football, wrestling)
1980-81 – Kevin Willhite, Rancho Cordova (football, track)
1979-80 – Darryl Strawberry, L.A. Crenshaw (basketball, baseball)
1978-79 – John Elway, Granada Hills (football, baseball)
1977-78 – Jesse Vasallo, Mission Viejo (swimming)
1976-77 – Brian Goodell, Mission Viejo (swimming)
1975-76 – Greg Louganis, El Cajon Valhalla & Santa Ana (diving)
1974-75 – Bill Cartwright, Elk Grove (basketball)
1973-74 – Tim Shaw, Long Beach Wilson (water polo, swimming)
1972-73 – Lonnie Shelton, Bakersfield Foothill (football, track)
1971-72 – Scott McGregor, El Segundo (baseball)
1970-71 – Anthony Davis, San Fernando (football, baseball)
1969-70 – James McAlister, Pasadena Blair (football, track)
1968-69 – Jeff Burroughs, Long Beach Wilson (football, baseball)
1967-68 – Mark Spitz, Santa Clara (water polo, swimming)
1966-67 – Mickey Cureton, Compton Centennial (football)
1965-66 – Tim Danielson, Chula Vista (track)
1964-65 – Paul Wilson, Downey Warren (track)
1963-64 – Don Schollander, Santa Clara (water polo, swimming)
1962-63 – Tommie Smith, Lemoore (football, basketball, track)
1961-62 – Forrest Beaty, Glendale Hoover (track)
1960-61 – Ulis Williams, Compton (track)
1959-60 – Dennis Ralston, Bakersfield (tennis)
1958-59 – Dale Story, Orange (track)
1957-58 – Willie Davis, L. A. Roosevelt (basketball, baseball, track)
1956-57 – Bill Kilmer, Azusa Citrus (football, basketball, baseball)
1955-56 – Fred Lacour, S.F. St. Ignatius (basketball)
1954-55 – Dick Bass, Vallejo (football)
1953-54 – Don Bowden, San Jose Lincoln (track)
1952-53 – Ronnie Knox, Santa Monica (football)
1951-52 – Marty Keough, Pomona (football, basketball, baseball)
1950-51 – Charlie Powell, San Diego (football, baseball)
1949-50 – Lang Stanley, L.A. Jefferson (track)
1948-49 – John Henry Johnson, Pittsburg (football, basketball, track)
1947-48 – Bob Mathias, Tulare (football, track)
1946-47 – Bill McColl, San Diego Hoover (football, basketball, baseball)
1945-46 – George Stanich, Sacramento (basketball, baseball, track)
1944-45 – Jackie Jensen, Oakland (football, baseball)
1943-44 – Bill Sharman, Porterville (football, basketball, baseball)
1942-43 – Glenn Davis, La Verne Bonita (football, baseball)
1941-42 – Irv Noren, Pasadena (basketball, baseball)
1940-41 – Tommie Fears, Los Angeles Manual Arts (football)
1939-40 – Howie Dallmar, San Francisco Lowell (basketball, baseball)
1938-39 – Jim Jurkovich, Fresno (football, track)
1937-38 – Frankie Albert, Glendale (football, baseball, tennis)
1936-37 – Jackie Robinson, Pasadena Muir (football, basketball, baseball)
1935-36 – Bobby Doerr, Los Angeles Fremont (pro baseball)
1934-35 – Ted Williams, San Diego Hoover (baseball)
1933-34 – Hank Luisetti, San Francisco Galileo (basketball)
1932-33 – Don Budge, Oakland University (tennis)
1931-32 – Corney Johnson, Los Angeles (track)
1930-31 – Frank Sobrero, Oakland (football, basketball, baseball)
Note: List continues back to 1890-91 in the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book & Almanac. All selections prior to 1978-79 done retroactively through research by our founder, the late Nelson Tennis.