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.
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THE WINNER: Drew Wiseman
School: Century (Bismarck, N.D.)
Athletic achievement: Wiseman won individual state titles in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.76 seconds, the 400-meter dash in 48.82, the 300-meter hurdles in 37.06 this spring, leading the Patriots to a second-place finish as a team at the Class A state meet. He also anchored the 4x400-meter relay quartet to a state title. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, his winning 300 hurdles time at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 14 clocking among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Wiseman has maintained a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in his graduating class of 375 students.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. and as a youth track and field coach.
“Drew Wiseman is an extremely gifted athlete in track and field,” said Aaron Klingbeil, head coach at Minot (N.D.). “His performance at key meets throughout the season absolutely impeccable.”
THE FUTURE: Wiseman will begin his senior year of high school this fall.