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: Tyler Schultz
School: Custer (S.D.)
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.
“Tyler Schultz is an outstanding athlete,” said Tom McGough, head coach at Miller Area (Miller, S.D.). “The one thing that truly stands out is his positive and sporting personal demeanor. He has a great rapport and respect for those he competes against. He is a great ambassador for the sport of track and field in South Dakota.”
THE FUTURE: Schultz has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at Colorado State University this fall.