Check out our watch list for 2024 USA TODAY HSSA Boys Field Athlete of the Year

Who will make the final cut? Keep an eye out for the fourth annual USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, coming in the summer of 2024!
Who will make the final cut? Keep an eye out for the fourth annual USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, coming in the summer of 2024!

The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is pleased to announce its watch list for 2024 USA TODAY HSSA Boys Field Athlete of the Year!

This initial list includes 50 current student-athletes who meet the nomination criteria for this year’s national Boys Field Athlete of the Year award, an inaugural award specifically for jumpers, vaulters and throwers. These athletes were either nominees in last year’s national show, or athletes who were seriously considered based on season-wide performance, state championships and any other state, regional and/or national recognition.

Here's a little more about this year's program and how it works:

The official 2024 USA TODAY HSSA Boys Field Athlete Team will be announced in August. All 25 final team members will be honored as nominees for national Boys Field Athlete of the Year. Visit the event website for updates leading up to this summer's award announcements!

Note: The purpose of this watch list is to track eligible nominees. Athletes could be removed from this list if they no longer play for their high school team (either by choice or injury), or if it was found that their high school does not participate in a state-sanctioned championship tournament for this sport.

Who else should we be tracking for national Boys Field Athlete of the Year?

This watch list is only a starting point. All student-athletes who compete for state-sanctioned interscholastic championships are eligible for our program. Player of the Year suggestions can be submitted to both and

2024 USA TODAY HSSA Boys Field Athlete Watch List:

Samuel Abati — SR, Pole Vault | Reagan High School | San Antonio, Texas

Andrew Azunque — JR, Jumps | First Baptist Academy | Naples, Florida

Bryce Barkdull — SR, Pole Vault | Andover Central High School | Andover, Kansas

Tyson Bauder — SR, Javelin | Hamilton High School | Hamilton, Montana

Aidan Broussard — SR, Javelin | Niceville High School | Niceville, Florida

Ty'Heak Buie — SR, Jumps | Potomac High School | Dumfries, Virginia

Paul Catalanatto — SR, Javelin | Catholic High School | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Nicolas Crosswhite — SR, Jumps | New Manchester High School | Douglasville, Georgia

Xavier Drumgoole — SR, Jumps | Round Rock High School | Round Rock, Texas

Kam Franklin — SR, Jumps | Frisco Heritage High School | Frisco, Texas

Maximus Garvin — SO, Pole Vault | Garrison High School | Garrison, Texas

Josiah Gaynor — SR, Jumps | Piper High School | Sunrise, Florida

Karson Gordon — SR, Jumps | Episcopal High School | Bellaire, Texas

Hayden Gorovitz — SR, Javelin | Desert Vista High School | Phoenix, Arizona

Darius Graham — SR, Jumps | Poplar Bluff High School | Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Justin Alan Hanna — JR, Jumps | Maize High School | Maize, Kansas

Caelan Harland — JR, Pole Vault | Macon High School | Macon, Missouri

Ashton Hearn — JR, Throws | Christian Brothers High School | Memphis, Tennessee

Luke Himes — SR, Throws | Heritage Christian High School | Indianapolis, Indiana

Juriad Hughes — SR, Jumps | Irondale High School | New Brighton, Minnesota

Joshua Huisman — SR, Throws | St. Rose High School | Belmar, New Jersey

J.J. Kelly — JR, Jumps | Chambersburg High School | Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Bronson Krainak — SR, Javelin | Danville Area High School | Danville, Pennsylvania

Preston Kuznof — SR, Javelin | Port Orange Atlantic High School | Port Orange, Florida

Charlie Lafore — SR, Throws | Chatfiled High School | Littleton, Colorado

Jaden Lippett — SR, Jumps | Winter Haven High School | Winter Haven, Florida

Joe Loughman — SR, Javelin | St. Thomas Aquinas High School | Overland Park, Kansas

McKay Madsen — JR, Throws | Clovis North High School | Fresno, California

Voldy Makabu — JR, Jumps | Centennial High School | Champaign, Illinois

Seamus Malaski — SR, Throws | Crown Point High School | Crown Point, Indiana

Sam McGivern — SR, Throws | Kimberly High School | Kimberly, Wisconsin

Tanner Montano — SO, Jumps | La Cueva High School | La Cueva, New Mexico

Kyle Moore — SR, Jumps | Emmaus High School | Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Dillon Morlock — SR, Throws | Norwayne High School | Creston, Ohio

Graham Murphy — SO, Jumps | Heritage Hall High School | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Junior Payton-Kimble — SR, Throws | Northeastern High School | Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Matthew Phillips — SR, Pole Vault | Ashley Ridge High School | Summerville, South Carolina

Brayden Platt — SR, Javelin | Yelm High School | Yelm, Washington

Levi Prementine — SR, Jumps | Slippery Rock Area High School | Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Kyen Purser — JR, Throws | Midlothian High School | Midlothian, Texas

Bryce Ruland — SR, Throws | Waterford Union High School | Waterford, Wisconsin

Matthew Rusch — SR, Throws | Fond du Lac High School | Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Benjamin Shue — JR, Throws | Bergen Catholic High School | Oradell, New Jersey

Malcolm Simmons — SR, Jumps | Benjamin Russell High School | Alexander City, Alabama

Ben Smith — JR, Throws | Hortonville High School | Hortonville, Wisconsin

Scottie Vines — SR, Jumps | DeBeque High School | DeBeque, Colorado

Jarrius Ward — JR, Throws | Overland High School | Aurora, Colorado

Dyson Wicker — SR, Pole Vault | Rockwall Heath High School | Rockwall, Texas

Malachi Yehudah — SR, Jumps | Langston Hughes High School | Fairburn, Georgia

Gator Young — JR, Pole Vault | Argyle High School | Argyle, Texas

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