Jocelynn Budwig was a double champion in the throws at the CIF-State Meet. (Credit: Dan Tyree)
Jocelynn Budwig, who persevered through a balky hamstring to execute the best throwing double of her life when it mattered most, has been named the 2019 California Girls Track & Field Player of the Year by Gatorade.
Budwig, a 2019 graduate of Fowler High in the Central Section who will compete collegiately at Auburn University, is just the fifth girl in California history to win both the discus throw and the shot put at the same CIF-State Track and Field Championship meet.
At State, held at Buchanan High in Clovis, Budwig won the discus throw with the second-best throw of her stellar four-year high school career (171-10). She came back later in the meet to hit her personal record to win the shot put (49-02.75) for the second year in a row. Because of her injured hamstring, she had to limit her attempts as much as possible throughout the two-day competition.
Budwig's discus throw ranks CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 2. Her shot put PR ranks CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 3. Her discus PR from the 2018 State Meet Prelims of 174-02 ranks 16th in state history. Her shot put PR ranks 24th in state history.