Budwig earns big honor

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 CHICAGO, Illinois – In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Jocelynn Budwig of Fowler High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Budwig is the first Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Fowler High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Budwig as California’s best high school girls track & field athlete. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June, Budwig joins an elite alumni association of state track & field award-winners, including Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt High School, Iowa), Allyson Felix (2002-03, Los Angeles Baptist High School, Calif.), Robert Griffin III (2006-07, Copperas Cove High School, Texas), Grant Fisher (2013-14 & 2014-15, Grand Blanc High School, Mich.) and Candace Hill (2014-15, Rockdale County High School, Ga.).

The 5-foot-5 senior won both the discus and shot put at the state championship meet this past season, launching the discus 171 feet, 10 inches and hurling the shot 49-2.75. Budwig’s winning effort in the discus ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors at the time of her selection, while her mark in the shot put ranked No. 3.

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

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