Holmes’ specialty is the 400-meter dash. As a sophomore at BBHS this past spring, he won the St. Martin Parish, District 6-4A and Class 4A regional 400 titles, setting a new parish record of 48.50 seconds.
In June he competed in the Louisiana Governor’s Games at LSU and broke his own year-old record, blazing to a 47.65 400 to win the 15-16 age group race.
Competing in the ESPN Rise Games in Orlando, Fla. last month, he was clocked at 47.76 in the semifinal round, breaking the old meet record of 48.41 that had been set in 2005.
Racing in a field of 90 young runners from around the U.S., Holmes took the gold medal in the 400 with a finals time of 47.84.
The first place finish qualified him to compete at the AAU National Championships in Norfolk, Va. this week. He enters the meet ranked No. 1 on the boys intermediate division.
Last week Holmes was invited to represent Louisiana at the Down Under Sports track and field meet in Sydney, Australia next year.
His parents are Leni and Jennifer Holmes of Breaux Bridge.