LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -– University of Louisville track and field signee Codie Hamsley has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Indiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, announced.
Hamsley is the first Gatorade award winner from Floyd Central High in Floyd Knobs, Ind.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Hamsley as Indiana’s best high school boys track and field athlete. He now is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June.
This past spring, Hamsley won the discus state title, along with two of his three sectional titles. At the conclusion of his junior year, Hamsley placed runner-up in the discus. Recently, at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, he scored a sixth-place finish in the event. Currently, Hamsley ranks fifth nationally among the 2013 class in the discus with a personal-best throw of 61.34m/201-3. Away from the track, Hamsley has maintained an exemplary academic standing and raised funds to benefit the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
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, softball, and boys and girls track and 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 USA Today High School Sports, 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.