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: Shane Brostek
School: Hawaii Prep Academy (Kamuela, Hawaii)
Weight: 283 pounds
Athletic achievement: Brostek captured the state championship in the shot put this spring with a throw of 55 feet, 7.25 inches at the state meet. The Most Outstanding Athlete at the Punahou Relays this past season, he also placed fourth in the discus at states, launching it 159 feet, nine inches. His shot put toss of 56 feet and discus throw of 168 feet, 11 inches at the Honolulu Marathon Invitational ranked as the Northwest’s No. 16 and No. 21 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Also a football standout, Brostek has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has donated his time as a youth football and track instructor.
“Shane Brostek has just been tremendous all four years,” said Bob Martin, head coach at rival Ka’u (Pahala, Hawaii). “He’s special on the throws, as he showed at the Punahou Relays. People don’t understand what kind of impact the throwers have on a team. If he doubles or goes 1-2 in the shot and discus, that’s 18 or 20 points. He can make or break a team.”
THE FUTURE: Brostek has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on a football scholarship at the University of Washington this fall.