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Begeman named state’s best in track

In its 33rd year of honoring the nations’ best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Trevor Begeman of Selby Area High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade South Dakota Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Begeman is the first Gatorade South Dakota Track and Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Selby Area.
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 Begeman as South Dakota’s best high school boys track and field athlete.
The 6-foot-2, 243-pound senior set a meet and class record in the shot put at the State Class B Track and Field Meet in Sioux Falls in May. Begeman’s title-winning throw of 60 feet, 2.25 inches was the first-ever Class B throw to break the 60-foot mark in South Dakota track and field history.
Track and field is not the only area where the 2018 graduate excelled. Also playing football and basketball, he was an all-conference selection in both sports as a junior and senior. As a singer, Begeman was selected to All-State Choir all four years of high school. He was vice president of Selby High School student council and has volunteered with the local Boy Scouts of America.
Begeman maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom. The son of Brian and DeDee Begeman of Selby, he has signed a letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at South Dakota State University this fall.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Begeman was able to select a national or local youth organization to receive a $1,000 grant to donate. Begeman chose the Mobridge Youth Organization.
“I chose Mobridge Youth Organization because of the positive impact they have on so many kids.,” said Begeman. “I was lucky enough to be part of the MYO football program as a child. MYO taught me the basics of football and gave me great memories. Doing well in football convinced me that I would like track. I had no idea what track would be like, but I wanted to give it a chance, because trying out for football had been fun. I believe the Mobridge Youth Organization should receive this grant so they can do an even better job of investing in the next generation of athletes. They would be able to purchase new equipment, which would ensure the safety of the kids.”