The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Jaret Carpenter
School: Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.)
Weight: 125 pounds
Athletic achievement: The distance talent won two individual titles this spring and led the Trojans to a championship as a team at the Class AA state meet. Carpenter broke the tape in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:10.89 and also took first the 3200-meter run in 9:10.46. Also the state’s Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he won the 3200 at April’s Hamline Elite Meet in 8:59.76, which ranked as the nation’s No. 39 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Carpenter has maintained an 11.6 GPA on a 12-point scale.
Exemplary character: An accomplished guitarist, he has worked part-time at an area retail store and volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group.
“Jaret Carpenter has a rare combination of athletic talent and team leadership,” said Wayzata High head coach Aaron Berndt. “He is an extremely humble person who seeks out ways to help others. He puts the team before individual success and is the type of athlete every coach wants on his or her team.”
THE FUTURE: Carpenter has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at the Purdue University this fall.