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: Jefferson Jarvis
School: Hidden Valley (Grants Pass, Ore.)
Athletic achievement: Jarvis won the Class 4A state championships in the discus and shot put this spring, launching the discus 191 feet, 1 inch and hurling the shot 61 feet, 2.25 inches. He also won both the shot and the discus at the Golden West Invitational, and his season-best shot put of 61 feet, 3.25 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 12 mark among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Jarvis has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and a talented musician, he has participated in numerous community service initiatives as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
“Jefferson has a deep love for the sport and a desire to become the best,” said Hidden Valley High coach Josh Standley. “He trains all seasons for the shot put and the discus, and he has a tremendous work ethic and drive.”
THE FUTURE: Jarvis has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Brigham Young University after he completes a two-year religious mission.