In its 34th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company named Drew Bosley of Homestead High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Wisconsin Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Bosley is the third Gatorade Wisconsin boys track and field athlete to be chosen from Homestead. He will be joining the Northern Arizona cross country and track and field program this fall.
He is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade national award to be announced in June.
As a 6-foot, 147-pound senior, Bosley won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run at the Division I state meet, leading the Highlanders to a third-place team finish. Bosley was third at the 3200m at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational with a time of 8:49.28 -- which ranked No. 4 in the nation among prep competitors in 2019 at the time of his selection. His PR of 4:09.02 in the 1600m ranked No. 16 in the country.
The Wisconsin native will be a valuable addition to the depth of the Lumberjacks roster and in the classroom, as Bosley maintained a 3.44 GPA in high school.
Two-time winner Bosley joins Gatorade boys track and field athletes of the year Austin Glynn (2016-17, Onalaska High School), Ben Gucinski (2015-16, Fox Valley Lutheran High School), Olin Hacker (2014-15, Madison West High School) and Glen Harold (2013-14, Brookfield East High School) among the state's list of former winners.
As a part of Gatorade's "Play it Forward," Bosley also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of 12 $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice that will be announced throughout the year.
In an announcement Wednesday, the Northern Arizona golf, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and men's and women's tennis teams combined to have 36 student-athletes honored as Big Sky Spring All-Academic recipients.
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have met or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions; 2) achieved a 3.2 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3) completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.
The women's outdoor track and field team paced the department with 14 All-Academic honorees for the spring, while its men's counterparts garnered 12. The women's tennis team, the reigning conference champions, followed with five and the golf team had four. The men's tennis team, also conference champs, had one student-athlete receive the award.
Twenty -- more than half of NAU's 36 honorees -- carry a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better. Four student-athletes (Hanneke Lodewijks, Theo Quax, Emma Sjolund and Luna Slater) are at a perfect 4.0.