Gatorade® National Boys Track & Field Athlete Of The Year: Anthony Schwartz

June 29, 2018

PLANTATION, Fla., June 28, 2018 -- In its 33rd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Anthony Schwartz of American Heritage School (Plantation, FL) as its 2017-18 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Schwartz was surprised with the news by Miami Dolphins 2018 First-Round Draft Pick Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Check out the surprise video here.

"One of the most gifted high school sprinters in history, Anthony repeatedly rose to the occasion against elite competition," said Erik Boal, an editor for Dyestat.com. "His showcase in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the Florida 2A state final cemented his legacy alongside [former national Gatorade winner] Trayvon Bromell, [former Gatorade state winner] Jeff Demps and [five-time state champion] Marvin Bracy as the most talented all-time Florida prep sprinters. Schwartz also gave us a preview of what the future holds by winning the USATF Juniors title in the 100 against several impressive collegiate freshmen."

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Schwartz as the nation's best male high school track & field athlete. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Schwartz from nearly 375,000 high school track & field athletes nationwide. Schwartz is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The world Youth record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the 6-foot, 180-pound senior authored two individual Florida sprint records at the Class 2A state meet this spring, in addition to sharing in a state 4x100-meter relay record to help the Patriots finish second as a team.  Schwartz clocked the nation's fastest wind-legal high school 100 in 2018—10.09 seconds—with his win at June's Great Southwest Classic. The time ranks No. 4 in U.S. prep history. He also broke the tape in the 200 at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational in 20.47, which ranked as the nation's No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2018, and No. 18 all-time. Running the anchor leg of the 4x100 at the state meet, he led American Heritage to the No. 15 time in U.S. prep history as the quartet ran a 40.14. Schwartz capped his prep career by beating a 100-meter field that included collegiate runners to capture a national title at June's USATF Junior Outdoor Championships with a time of 10.23. He now owns the No. 4, No. 6, No. 8 (10.16), No. 9 (10.17) and No. 13 (10.21) 100-meter times in the history of American high school track.       

Schwartz has maintained a 3.92 weighted GPA in the classroom and has signed a national letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship in both football and track at Auburn University, beginning this fall.

"Without question, Anthony is deserving of recognition as the nation's best high school baseball player based on his statistics on the field and the impact his accomplishments have had on American Heritage's success," said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O'Brien. "But he is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. He represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient."

As a part of Gatorade's cause marketing platform "Play it Forward," Schwartz also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for his organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, Soccer, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:

  • Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
  • 2015 NBA first overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Three-time WNBA champion Maya Moore
  • Seven-time track & field gold medalist Allyson Felix
  • Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh
  • Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at http://www.gatorade.com/poy, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.

ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR


YEAR

NAME

HIGH SCHOOL

STATUS





2017-18

Anthony Schwartz

American Heritage School

High School Senior

2016-17

Armand "Mondo" Duplantis

Lafayette HS, Lafayette, LA

High School Senior

2015-16

Michael Norman

Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, CA

Univ. of Southern California

2014-15

Michael Norman

Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, CA

Univ. of Southern California

2013-14

Trentavis Friday

Cherryville High School, Cherryville, NC

Professional Runner

2012-13

Trayvon Bromell

Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL

Professional Runner

2011-12

Abraham Hall

South Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX

UCLA

2010-11

Gunnar Nixon

Edmond, Edmond, OK

USA Track & Field

2009-10

Sam Crouser

Gresham, Gresham, OR

USA Track & Field

2008-09

Curtis Beach

Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM

Duke University

2007-08

German Fernandez

Riverbank, Riverbank, CA

Professional Runner

2006-07

Bryshon Nellum

Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA

USA Track &Field

2005-06

David Klech

California, San Ramon, CA

Univ. of Oregon Coach. Staff

2004-05

Ryan Whiting

Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, PA

USA Track & Field/Nike

2003-04

Jason Richardson

Cedar Hill, TX

Nike

2002-03

Kerron Clement

La Porte, La Porte, TX

USA Track & Field/Nike

2001-02

Brendan Christian

Reagan, Austin, TX

Antigua & Barbuda Nat'l

2000-01

Alan Webb

South Lakes, Reston, VA

Retired Professional

1999-2000

Donald Sage, Jr.

York, Elmhurst, IL

Stanford Univ. Grad.

1998-99

Jacob Freeman

Bishop Hendricken, RI

Manhattan College Grad.

1997-98

Jon Stevens

Mission San Jose, Fremont, CA

Stanford Univ. Grad.

1996-97

Sharif Karie

West Springfield, Springfield, VA

Univ. of Arkansas Grad.

1995-96

Michael Granville

Bell Gardens, Bell Gardens, CA

UCLA Grad.

1994-95

Michael Stember

Jesuit, Carmichael, CA

Stanford Univ. Grad.

1993-94

Andre Scott

Seminole, Sanford, FL

Southern Illinois Univ. Coach

1992-93

Charles Mitchell

Waco High, Waco, TX

Mississippi State Grad.

1991-92

Sheddric Fields

South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX

Univ. of Houston Grad.

1990-91

Bryan Bronson

Jasper, Jasper, TX

Rice Univ. Grad.

1989-90

Brent Noon

Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA

Univ. of Georgia Grad.

1988-89

Dion Bentley

Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

Univ. of Florida Grad.

1987-88

Art Skipper Jr.

Sandy, Sandy, OR

Deceased

1986-87

Kamy Keshmiri

Reno, Reno, NV

Univ. of Nevada Reno Grad.

1985-86

Eric Mastalir

Jesuit, Carmichael, CA

Stanford Univ. Grad.

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