High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cross Country / Track & Field

Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the female nominees are (click here for the male nominees):

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Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
7/09/12
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the male nominees are (click here for the female nominees):

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Texas sweeps national track AOY honors

June, 27, 2012
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Abraham HallSusan Goldman/GatoradeDallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith stuns South Grand Prairie (Texas) senior Abraham Hall with the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year trophy.
As the first running back in prep history to rush for 100 yards in 45 games and the second to reach 8,000 career yards, Emmitt Smith is no stranger to extraordinary achievement as a high school athlete. In many ways, the Florida native, Texas icon and former national Gatorade Player of the Year was the perfect pick to surprise South Grand Prairie (Texas) senior Abraham Hall and Legacy (Mansfield, Texas) senior Shelbi Vaughan with 2011-12 Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors.

Gatorade made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth with Smith posing as a celebrity reporter conducting a mock television interview with the teens before breaking the news.

“It's nice to know there are kids today who understand the significance of their role in their schools and communities," said Smith, the NFL leader in career rushing yards with 18,355, who won the 1986-87 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year trophy as a high school senior. "They're willing to make the sacrifice to be one of the best athletes in the country, and to be able to recognize them for that is a wonderful thing. They're humble, classy kids who have been given a tremendous opportunity, and I know they'll do their best to make the most of that opportunity."

Hall, a 5-foot-11 senior, won the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 10.19 seconds and the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 20.58 at the Class 5A state championships, leading the Warriors to a fourth-place finish as a team. The 100-meter clocking ranks No. 8 in prep history while the 200 time ranks No. 18 in history. Only seven boys in high school history rank in the top 10 of one event and the top 20 of the other.

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State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year

June, 21, 2012
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Alabama Boys Track AOY: Joseph Williams

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Joseph Williams

THE BASICS

School: Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Throws
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Williams won the discus with a throw of 189 feet, 6.25 inches and the shot put with a mark of 58 feet, six inches at the Class 6A state championship meet this spring, leading the Jaguars to a third-place finish as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, he was also named the Birmingham Kiwanis Club Co-Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 4.25 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A youth leader in his church community and a student representative in his school, he has raised funds to build wells in African villages and has participated in mission trips to Costa Rica, Haiti and Uganda.

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Alaska Boys Track AOY: Tyler Rohde

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Tyler Rohde

THE BASICS

School: Chugiak (Alaska)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Hurdles
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Rohde won the 110-meter hurdles with a state-record time of 14.61 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 39.34 at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the Mustangs to third place as a team. Named Class 4A Most Outstanding Competitor, he ran the lead leg for the 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 3:28.60 and anchored the second-place 4x200-meter relay quartet that finished in 1:31.42. His 110-meter hurdles time at the state meet ranked No. 5 among Northwest prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Rohde has maintained a 3.42 GPA in the classroom and serves as president of his school’s Junior Achievement Program chapter.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time locally as a youth football and baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Boys Scouts of America, Special Olympics and the Kids Don’t Float water safety initiative.

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Arizona Boys Track AOY: Devon Allen

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Devon Allen

THE BASICS

School: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Hurdles
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Allen won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.58 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 36.94 at the Division I state meet, leading the Broncos to second place as a team. Also the Athlete of the Year as named by The Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune, he captured second place in both the 100-meter dash (10.49) and 200 (20.75). Allen’s state-record 110 hurdles time of 13.52 seconds and state-record 300 hurdles time of 36.39 at the Arcadia Invitational, as well as his 200 time at the state meet, all ranked as the nation’s No. 4 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: An accomplished pianist and saxophonist, Allen has maintained a 3.24 GPA in the classroom and serves on his school’s Black Student Union and Red and White Club.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football and soccer coach, he has volunteered locally on behalf of New Horizon Youth Homes, Far West Pop Warner Football, St. Gregory Parish, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the Valley of the Sun YMCA and American Youth Football.

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Arkansas Boys Track AOY: Chase Lamers

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Chase Lamers

THE BASICS

School: Rogers (Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprinter
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lamers won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 22.27 this spring, leading the Mountaineers to a fourth-place finish as a team at the Class 7A state meet. The 2012 Northwest Arkansas Media Big 6 Boys Track Runner of the Year, Lamers also won the 100 (11.04) and the 200 (22.24) at the Class 7A West Conference Meet.

Academic excellence: Lamers has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), the Arkansas Crisis Center and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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California Boys Track AOY: Darren Fahy

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Darren Fahy

THE BASICS

School: La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fahy won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:08.78 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:03.29 at the California Interscholastic Federation this spring, leading the Mavericks to third place as a team. The state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he clocked an 8:54.51 in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational and a 4:08.15 in the 1,600 at the ASICS Mt. Carmel Invitational, which ranked as the nation’s No. 6 and No. 12 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. Fahy also recorded the country’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 9:03.15 at the UCSD Triton Invitational, clocking the No. 10 time in prep history.

Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout, Fahy has maintained a 3.74 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and a summer youth track coach, he has volunteered locally making skateboards for underprivileged children.

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Colorado Boys Track AOY: Raymond Bozmans

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Raymond Bozmans

THE BASICS

School: Fort Collins (Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Sprints
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 155 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bozmans won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.51 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 21.42 and the 400-meter dash in 47.56 at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the Lambkins to the state championship as a team. The All-Colorado Boys Track Athlete of the Year as named by The Denver Post, he clocked a state-record 10.27 in the 100 at the Dakota Ridge Invitational and a 20.84 in the 200 at the Liberty Bell Invitational, each of which ranked among the nation’s top-10 performances among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Also a football standout and accomplished saxophonist, Bozmans has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and a member of his school’s band, he has volunteered as a youth athletic instructor on behalf of his community track club.

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Connecticut Boys Track AOY: Jake Scinto

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Jake Scinto

THE BASICS

School: Cheshire (Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Jumps
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Scinto won three individual titles this spring and led the Rams to third place at the State Open Championships. The Field Athlete of the Year as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, he won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11 inches as well as the triple jump, launching himself 45 feet, 4.25 inches. He also captured the high jump, clearing six feet, four inches. Scinto went on to take first place in the high jump (6-11) and the long jump (22-9) at the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His high jump effort at the New England championships ranked as the nation’s No. 13 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Also a football standout, Scinto has maintained a 3.65 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Cheshire’s annual Vietnam Veterans Day services.

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Delaware Boys Track AOY: Sam Parsons

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Sam Parsons

THE BASICS

School: Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Parsons won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:12.67 at the Meet of Champions this spring. The state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also won three individual titles at the Division II state meet, leading the Hornets to second place as a team. Parsons won the 800-meter run in 2:01.39, the 1,600 in 4:14.47 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:24.19. Parsons also anchored the 4x800-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 8:16.31. His 3,000-meter time of 8:28.20 and 3,200 time of 9:00.61 at the Arcadia Invitational ranked as the nation’s No. 18 and No. 26 performances among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout, Parsons has maintained a 3.01 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s strategic games club and head of the Young Republican National Federation chapter, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank, the Special Olympics, Amnesty International and Shoes 2 Share.

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D.C. Boys Track AOY: Mike Crozier

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
5:42
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Mike Crozier

THE BASICS

School: Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 140 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Crozier won individual Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:18.55 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:28.71, and earned second place in the 800-meter run in 1:59.64 this spring, leading the Eagles to second-place in the WCAC championships. The 2011-12 Gatorade District of Columbia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also broke the tape in the 800 (1:59.73) and the 1,600 (4:18.84) at the Draper Invitation in early May. Crozier competed at this month’s New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships earning 10th place in the 3,000-meter run (8:34.65) and 14th place in the 2-mile run (9:12.21), both of which ranked among the top 50 times by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Crozier has maintained a 3.85 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s student council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Arlington Food Assistance Center and participated in a Christian retreat program in association with this church youth group.

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Florida Boys Track AOY: Arman Hall

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
5:41
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Arman Hall

THE BASICS

School: St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Sprints
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hall won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.16 seconds and the 400-meter run in 47.08 at the Class 4A state championship meet, leading the Raiders to a fifth consecutive state title as a team. The reigning World Junior Champion in the 400 meters, he also anchored the 4x400-meter relay quartet to a state title in 3:14.46. Hall finished second in the 400 at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships and his best time at the distance ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Hall has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Florida Youth Track and Field Association.

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Georgia Boys Track AOY: Jonathan Jones

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
5:40
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Jonathan Jones

THE BASICS

School: Carrollton (Ga.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Hurdles/jumps
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jones won three individual state titles this spring and led the Trojans to the Class 3A state championship as a team. He won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.69 seconds, captured the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 37.47 and leapt 23 feet, 11 inches to win the long jump.

Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a 3.78 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen and youth track programs.

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