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: Brody Smith
School: Cody (Wyo.)
Weight: 135 pounds
Athletic achievement: The distance talent captured three individual titles at the Class 3A state meet this spring, leading the the Broncs to a second-place finish as a team. Smith capped off an undefeated regular season by winning the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.84 in addition to breaking the tape in the 1600-meter run (4:22.17) and the 3200-meter run (9:38.19). Also the state’s two-time Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he won the mile at the Great Southwest Classic (4:10.70) and earned fourth-place in the 1600 at the Nike Festival of Miles with a time of 4:07.48. The NFM clocking ranked as the nation’s No. 15 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection. His season-best mile (4:09.21) ranked No. 27.
Academic excellence: Smith has maintained a 3.82 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society as well as his school’s Teen Leadership Coalition, he has volunteered locally as a math tutor and has donated his time raking leaves for the elderly.
“Brody Smith is intrinsically motivated to be the best he can be,” said Cody head track coach Bret Engdahl. “He has to train almost completely solo since no one else on the team is close to his training or racing paces. He does well because he is so mentally tough.”
THE FUTURE: Smith has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Utah State University this fall.