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: Brad Nye
School: Davis (Kaysville, Utah)
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: Nye won three individual state championships this spring and led the Darts to a Class 3A state championship. He won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.69, the 1,600-meter run in 4:19.74 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:19.59. The state record holder in the 800 (1:51.89), the 1,600 (4:09.67) and the mile (4:04.46), he was the 2012 New Balance Nationals Indoors champion in the mile with a time of 4:08.67.
Academic excellence: Nye has maintained a 3.69 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered locally in neighborhood beautification projects, as a youth track coach and official and is an active member of his church youth group.
“Brad dominated the distance scene in Utah this year and it was a strong year,” said Roger Buhrley, head coach at rival Syracuse (Utah). “I’ve had a couple athletes that have dominated Utah in the distance events before, but not with times of his quality. He had good sophomore and junior years but has really taken things to another level this year.”
THE FUTURE: Nye has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Brigham Young University beginning this fall.