The 6-foot-2, 160-pound senior became just the second athlete to ever sweep the sprinting events at the Class 3A state meet this past season. Battle broke the tape in the 100-meter dash in 10.61 seconds, captured the 200 in 21.65 and took the 400 in 46.48, the latter of which ranked as the nation’s No. 3 performance among 2021 prep competitors. He graduated as the state indoor record-holder with a clocking of 47.88 at the Illinois Meet of Champions Showcase in March.
Battle has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Eastern Illinois University.
Battle has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs and his church’s bible school.