The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior was named a New Balance Nationals Indoor All-American in the 60-meter high hurdles. Graves’ best 60 hurdles time of 7.77 seconds ranked as the nation’s No. 2 mark among prep indoor competitors in 2020. In this spring’s abbreviated outdoor season, Graves ranked among the Top 10 nationally in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He also won both of those races at the 2019 Class 4A outdoor state meet with clockings that rank among the top five in state history.
Graves has maintained a weighted 3.55 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a national letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Coastal Carolina University.
A member of Lower Richland’s National Society of Black Engineers Jr. as well as the Technology Student Association, Graves has volunteered locally repairing houses for the economically disadvantaged. He has also donated his time as a youth tutor and track coach.