The Wharton boys track and field team received the Academic Athletic Team of the Year award on May 19 during a Hillsborough County school board meeting.
The Wildcats had a combined 3.40 unweighted grade point average during the third nine weeks, which is the second highest GPA since the county started giving out the award more than 12 years ago. It is also the first time Wharton boys track and field has received the award.
“It was a great honor for the team to win this,” said third-year Wharton boys coach Kyle LoJacono. “What is truly special about the award is that it is a team award. Everyone’s GPA counted evenly. I’m also very pleased that our kids are getting the job done in the classroom as well as on the track, because they are students first and athletes second.”
LoJacono also received the Western Conference National Division Coach of the Year award on May 18 during Hillsborough County’s annual coaches’ banquet. The honor is given to the person who receives the most votes by coaches within the division.