On the same weekend former John Curtis Pole Vaulter Dylan Duvio qualified for the Pan American Junior Championships this fall and learned he was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Duvio will represent Team USA in the Pan American competition in Medellin, Columbia Aug. 23-25. He qualified on June 21 during the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, IA, where he cleared the bar at 16 ft., 8-3/4 in. Duvio was one of few high school-aged competitors in the field that included the nation’s best 17-19 year old athletes.
Duvio was also just named the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Track & Field Athlete of the Year. His personal best of 17 ft., 3-1/2 in. broke the state’s all-time composite record and ranked him second in the nation among prep pole vaulters. He received a scholarship from Stanford University.
A senior at John Curtis this year, Duvio was a member of the Patriot track team that swept all six stat championships on the last three years (2010-12 indoor and 2011-2013 outdoor).
“On behalf of The Gatorade Company, I would like to be the first to congratulate John Curtis Christian School on being home to Dylan Duvio, the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year,” said Andrea Fairchild, Vice President, Global & Sports Marketing, The Gatorade Company
In its 28th year, the Gatorade Player of the Year award honors top high school student-athletes in 12 varsity sports for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
The selection process is for the award administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports. In narrowing and evaluating the list of candidates for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors, Gatorade and USA TODAY High School Sports work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists.
Thus, the Gatorade Player of the Year award has become the most
prestigious award in high school sports.
“We would like to commend John Curtis Christian School for providing your student-athletes with an environment that allows them to realize their full potential,” Fairchild added. “Dylan’s accomplishments are a direct reflection upon your school’s
administration and the entire athletic department. You have all undoubtedly contributed to Dylan’s success.”