High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Custer

South Dakota Boys Track AOY: Tyler Schultz

June, 21, 2012
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 Schultz


School: Custer (S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Throws
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 220 pounds


Athletic achievement: Schultz won individual state titles in the shot put with a mark of 67 feet, one inch and the discus with a throw of 183 feet, three inches this spring, leading the Wildcats to a second-place finish at the Class A state meet. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he set a state record at the Class A Region 8 meet, putting the shot 70 feet, six inches which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 throw among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Schultz has maintained a 4.08 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an area nursing home and in association with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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