Benton, Ky. [July 12, 2022] – In its 37th year of honoring the nation's most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Cade Flatt of Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. is the 2021-22 Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Player of the Year. Flatt won the prestigious award for his accomplishments on and off the field, joining an impressive group of former Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Players of the Year who have combined for 19 gold medals and 14 National Championships.

 

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 Flatt as the nation's best high school boys track and field player. The Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others to evaluate candidates, selected Flatt from more than half a million other student-athletes who compete in boys track and field nationwide.

 

Competition for the national award was fierce. Flatt topped the list of state winners in boys track and field who collectively boast an incredible list of accomplishments, including 25 who have volunteered with 2+ organizations, 8 returning state Gatorade Players of the Year in either Boys Cross Country or Boys Track & Field and 29 with a GPA of 3.75 and above.

 

"Competing at the most demanding event in the sport, Cade Flatt embodied pure mastery at the 800-meter distance (in 2022),” said Rich Gonzalez of PrepCalTrack. “Unbeaten both indoors and outdoors against scholastic competition, he recorded the No. 3 time in prep history to win a title at New Balance Nationals Outdoor and solidified his unprecedented outdoor ledger. While chasing one of the oldest records in the books, amazingly, Cade notched the No. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 outdoor times in history to rule a single track prep event like no other high schooler in history—he was absolutely masterful."

 

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior set a state record in winning the national championship in the 800-meter run at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor this past season. Flatt’s clocking of 1:46.48 was 0.03 seconds shy of the national high-school record that has stood since 1996. Flatt produced five of this century’s top six 800 times this spring and ran a 1:46.53 in a qualifying round for the 800 at the elite, all-ages USATF Outdoor Championships, finishing ninth overall and missing the final by one slot. Flatt won the 400-meter dash and the 800 at the Class AAA state meet, leading the Marshals to a third-place finish as a team. His best 400 time of 46.89 seconds ranked No. 25 nationally among prep competitors in 2022 at the time of his selection.

 

A member of the Marshall County High Gifted and Talented program, Flatt has volunteered as part of multiple community service initiatives through his school’s Leadership Class, including elementary-school tutoring and literacy-outreach programs. He is also a four-year member of the Marshall County Pep Club.  

 

Flatt has maintained a weighted 4.13 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at the University of Mississippi this fall.

 

“Gatorade understands how sports translate into lifelong skills, which is why we continue to recognize and celebrate student-athletes who are incredible role models for future generations,” said Gatorade Chief Marketing Officer Kalen Thornton. “Cade Flatt is an undisputed leader on the field of play and a role model in his community, which is why he earned the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Player of the Year award.”

 

Each year, a selection committee evaluates the nation’s top talent to choose one state winner from each of the 50 states as well as Washington D.C., in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track & field. In all, 608 athletes are honored each year. From the pool of state winners, one national winner is selected in each of the 12 sports.

 

Gatorade has a long-standing history of serving athlete communities and understands how sports instill valuable lifelong skills on and off the field. Since the program's inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators. Previous winners include a distinguished list of athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Jayson Tatum, Elena Delle Donne and many other sports icons.

 

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow us on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com/Gatorade and Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.

 

PREVIOUS GATORADE NATIONAL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

YEAR

NAME

HOMETOWN

STATUS

2020-21

Hobbs Kessler

Ann Arbor, MI

Adidas

2019-20

Nico Young

Newbury Park, CA

Northern Arizona University

2018-19

Matthew Boling

Houston, TX

University of Georgia

2017-18

Anthony Schwartz

Plantation, FL

Cleveland Browns

2016-17

Armand Duplantis

Lafayette, LA

Sweden Men’s Track & Field Team

2015-16

Michael Norman

Murrieta, CA

US Men's Track and Field Team

2014-15

Michael Norman

Murrieta, CA

US Men's Track and Field Team

2013-14

Trentavis Friday

Cherryville, NC

Ran for Florida State University

2012-13

Trayvon Bromell

St. Petersburg, FL

US Men's Track and Field Team

2011-12

Abraham Hall

Grand Prairie, TX

Ran for University of California, Los Angeles

2010-11

Gunnar Nixon

Edmond, OK

Decathlon Events for University of Arkansas

2009-10

Sam Crouser

Gresham, OR

Threw for University of Oregon

2008-09

Curtis Beach

Albuquerque, NM

Decathlon Events for Duke University

2007-08

German Fernandez

Riverbank, CA

Ran for Oklahoma State University

2006-07

Bryshon Nellum

Los Angeles, CA

Ran for University of Southern California

2005-06

David Klech

San Ramon, CA

Decathlon events for University of Oregon

2004-05

Ryan Whiting

Harrisburg, PA

Threw for Arizona State University

2003-04

Jason Richardson

Cedar Hill, TX

Ran for University of South Carolina

2002-03

Kerron Clement

LaPorte, TX

Ran for University of Florida

2001-02

Brendan Christian

Austin, TX

Retired Antigua and Barbuda Men’s Track & Field Team

2000-01

Alan Webb

Reston, VA

Ran for University of Michigan

1999-00

Donald Sage

Elmhurst, IL

Ran for Stanford University

1998-99

Jacob Freeman

Warwick, RI

Threw for the Manhattan Jaspers

1997-98

Jon Stevens

Fremont, CA

Ran for Stanford University  

1996-97

Sharif Karie

Springfield, VA

Ran for University of Arkansas

1995-96

Michael Granville

Bell Gardens, CA

Ran for University of California, Los Angeles

1994-95

Michael Stember

Sacramento, CA

Ran for Stanford University

1993-94

Andre Scott

Sanford, FL

Jumped for Auburn University

1992-93

Charles Mitchell

Waco, TX

Ran for Auburn University

1991-92

Sheddric Fields

Dallas, TX

Ran for University of Houston

1990-91

Bryan Bronson

Jasper, TX

Retired US Men’s Track & Field Team

1989-90

Brent Noon

Fallbrook, CA

Retired US Men’s Track & Field Team

1988-89

Dion Bentley

Pittsburgh, PA

Jumped for University of Florida

1987-88

Art Skipper

Sandy, OR

Deceased

1986-87

Kamy Keshmiri

Reno, NV

Threw for University of Nevada at Reno

1985-86

Eric Mastalir

Carmichael, CA

Ran for Stanford University

 

 

 

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