High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Joseph Williams

Alabama Boys Track AOY: Joseph Williams

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: Joseph Williams


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


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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