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A stamp to Meyer's stellar sophomore year

Superior's Kalynn Meyer readies to go through her discus routine on May 18, 2018 at the Nebraska state track and field championships (KHGI)

Kalynn Meyer had arguably the most successful year of anyone in the state of Nebraska – high school student athlete or otherwise. State volleyball champ. State basketball champ. Sprinkle in a couple of track and field championships for good measure.

And she's only a sophomore.

In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Kalynn Meyer of Superior High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Nebraska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Meyer is the first Gatorade Nebraska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Superior 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 Meyer as Nebraska’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, Meyer 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 6-foot-3 sophomore finished first across all classes in both the shot put and the discus for the Wildcats at the Class C Championships this past season. Meyer’s hurled the shot 48 feet, 2.5 inches to win the state title and the throw ranked No. 11 in the country among prep competitors this spring at the time of her selection. The discus all-class title was Meyer’s second straight after she launched it 163-4. Meyer’s personal-best of 167-6 at the Del Wicks Invitational in April ranked as the nation’s No. 6 effort in 2018 at the time of her selection.

Also a volleyball and basketball standout, Meyer is a Student Council member and her FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter treasurer. An active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Meyer has donated her time as a lector in addition to volunteering locally as a youth volleyball and basketball coach, as well as working on behalf of multiple charity fundraising efforts. “Kalynn is one of the few athletes I have encountered that could be a Division I athlete in three different sports,” said Deb Vorderstrasse, head coach at Thayer Central High. “She is the key factor in the team championships Superior has earned. She would represent the Gatorade honor well.”

Meyer has maintained a 96.89 average in the classroom. She has made a verbal commitment to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Nebraska beginning in the fall of 2020.

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