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: Zach Sweep
School: Century (Bismarck, N.D.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: The hurdler and jumper captured a pair of individual titles this spring, leading the Patriots to a state championship as a team at the Class A state meet. Sweep took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.74 seconds as well as the high jump, clearing six feet, six inches. He also finished fourth in the long jump, soaring 21 feet, 8.75 inches. A First Team All-State selection in both track & field and football, Sweep was also a dual-event champ at the Class A West Region meet, winning the 110 hurdles (14.34) and the high jump (6-4).
Academic excellence: Sweep has maintained a 3.48 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his church youth group, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter in addition to donating his time as both a youth football and track & field coach.
“Zach Sweep has earned my respect through his exemplary academic and athletic accomplishments,” said Bismarck Century head coach Tim Jacobsen. “In my opinion, his greatest strength is his willingness to work hard to achieve team and individual goals while displaying admirable behavior and leadership.”
THE FUTURE: Sweep has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football on scholarship at Minnesota State University at Moorhead this fall.