Gatorade honors Colin Sahlman

Gatorade’s 2021 California Boys Cross Country Player of the Year was awarded to the second NPHS athlete, Colin Sahlman, junior, on April 15. This is Gatorade’s 36th year awarding this honor that recognizes remarkable athletes who are the best in the state.

Pose- As a junior, Sahlman strives to achieve more and is currently working towards his senior year season. His big goal for next year is to hold the national title at NXN. “I kind of feel like I am on the pedestal a little bit. Not very many people get this award, so to have it and be a part of the Gatorade pool, a big part of those people and elite athletes, is just really special,” Sahlman said.

To the finish line- I have it [Gatorade’s 2021 California Boys Cross Country Player of the Year] this year which is just really cool because it is a very prestigious award given out to very few athletes who are the best in the nation and state, so it’s really cool to be recognized for that,” Sahlman said.

First place-  Sahlman also won Arizona’s Desert Twilight Festival this past season and currently holds a national lead in the 3200 meter and the mile, running an 8:43.42 3200 meter at the 2021 Arcadia Invitational. “I have been running about the level that Nico [Young] has been his [junior year] and to see his success in his senior year and in college, it is just super cool to see that I could hopefully become that as well.”