Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Drew Wiseman
School: Century (Bismarck, N.D.)
Sport: Boys Track & Field
Athletic Production: Wiseman, s 6-foot-2 senior sprinter and hurdler, is a nine-time individual state champion.
The returning Gatorade North Dakota Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year captured three individual titles at the Class A state meet two weeks ago. He won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.69, the 400-meter dash in 48.38 and the 300-meter hurdles in 37.19.
Wiseman finished just short of breaking his own 300-meter hurdles state record of 37.06, which he set as a junior in 2012. He also owns school records in the 200, 400, 300 hurdles and 400 hurdles.
Academic Achievement: He has maintained an A average and will graduate as the valedictorian of his class.
Exemplary Character: A member of the National Honor Society, Wiseman has volunteered locally as a youth track coach and on behalf of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc.