In 1985, the Gatorade Company established an award honoring America’s elite high school student-athletes. Now in its 30thyear, the Gatorade Player of the Year award is in honor of a student-athlete’s athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on the field, in the classroom and in the community. USA TODAY High School Sports, in partnership with The Gatorade Company, administers the selection process for Gatorade State and National Player of the Year awards. All final selection decisions are the result of a collaborative effort between USA TODAY High School Sports and The Gatorade Company.
On Friday, June 19th, Chase Heiner was surprised by a group of coaches, fellow team members, and family members who gathered at his home to celebrate the announcement that he is Utah’s Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior won two individual state titles at the Class 4A state meet and led the Bulldogs to an 11th-place finish as a team. Heiner won the 200-meter dash in 21.87 seconds and the 400 with a time of 47.70, the latter of which ranked as the nation’s No. 62 performance among prep competitors in 2015 at the time of his selecton. He also set the state record in the 200 in 21.35, which ranked No. 44 nationally.
Heiner has maintained a 3.25 GPA in the classroom.
Heiner spent the first semester of his senior year planning and teaching a class of freshmen on techniques for a successful high school experience. He also has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and as part of multiple community-service initiatives in association with his church community.
The Gatorade Company is proud to recognize, celebrate and support the nation’s most outstanding high school talents throughout their journey to greatness both on and off the field.