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FORT WALTON BEACH — Let’s call this the Athlete of the Week state champ edition.

Eleven athletes emerged from this week’s track and field state championships on top of the podium of their respective event. Now, it’s their time to compete against each other for the Athlete of the Week to end all Athletes of the Week.

Who will join former winners Seymour, Clay, Collin Stewart, Aaron Rowell, Oli Broutin, Max Brewster, Cedric Fairrow, Cole Tabb, O.B. Howard, Eli Oswald, Jera Trovato, Luke Latham, Quinn Carper, Alex Davidson, Layne Franks, Sam Sherer, Zak Vosburgh, Spencer Mackenzie, Donovan Campbell, Will Jetton, Kemper Hodges, Ashton Nunes, Kayleb Wagner, Belicia O’Grady, Luke Larkin, Bailey Gable, Parker Nunley, Landon Campbell, Page Dolloff, Kaleb Hollins, Mariane Johnson and Sophia Edwards?

That’s for you to decide.

The poll is up and running at nwfdailynews.com through 10 a.m. Friday. The winner will be awarded a one-of-a-kind NWF Daily News Athlete of the Week T-shirt sponsored by All Sports Association at their school and a weekend feature.

Niceville senior Parker Nunley is pictured with his Daily News Athlete of the Week T-Shirt.

Niceville senior Parker Nunley is pictured with his Daily News Athlete of the Week T-Shirt.

Three-time Daily News Player of the Year Sam Sherer shows off her Athlete of the Week T-Shirt next to classmates and principal John Spolski and athletic director Holly McDaniel.

Three-time Daily News Player of the Year Sam Sherer shows off her Athlete of the Week T-Shirt next to classmates and principal John Spolski and athletic director Holly McDaniel.

So far this year, there’s been 1.5 million votes cast over 33 weeks since the polls began in August. For context, that leads all Florida Gannett properties.

Baker, Choctaw, Crestview, Fort Walton, Freeport, Niceville, Rocky Bayou and South Walton have all been represented, leaving just Walton, Navarre, Destin, Paxton and Laurel Hill as the area schools on the outside looking in.

For future purposes, nominees are accepted via email or phone at [email protected] or 252-414-4239. Coaches, fans, parents and grandparents, athletes … any and all submissions are welcomed.

Is your team or sport missing from Athlete of the Week? Be sure to file statistics with sports editor Seth Stringer or keep your MaxPreps page up to date.

Now get to voting.

Week 34 Nominees

Track and Field: Jonah Kipsel, South Walton — Kipsel won 2A state gold in the 800m with a time of 1 minute, 54.95 seconds.

Track and Field: Massimo Grisotto, Niceville — Grisotto won 4A state gold in the discus with a throw of 176 feet, 6 inches.

Track and Field: Mitchell Ratley, Niceville — Ratley won 4A state gold in the shot put with a throw of 56-3.25.

Track and Field: Aidan Boyd, Niceville — Boyd won 4A state gold in the javelin with a throw of 188-4.

Track and Field: Skye Tolbert, Niceville — Tolbert won 4A state gold in the 100m hurdles in 13.72 seconds.

Track and Field: Lilly Chouinard, Niceville — Chouinard won 4A state gold in the pole vault after clearing 12-9.5.

Track and Field: Jasmine Dereje, Niceville — Dereje won 4A state gold in the 300m hurdles in 42.75 seconds.

Track and Field: Luke Larkin, FWB — Larkin won 3A state gold in the 800m in 1:54.62.

Track and Field: Kerry Seekamp, FWB — Seekamp won 3A state gold in the pole vault after clearing 12-3.5.

Track and Field: Jocelyn Eby, South Walton — Eby won 2A state gold in the pole vault after clearing 10-10.

Track and Field: Rachel Leggett, Navarre — Leggett won 4A state gold in the high jump after clearing 5-5.75.

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defintely projected to finish second. also, last year didn’t score in my 400 everyone scored. drop the ball.

equal definitely. we allvery hungry music on teh pdom 30 minutes. – i think wawa.

day — pretty good. florida meets so figging hot. came in pretty confident esp 123 which is insane. 100 percetn oh my gosh don’t do what i’m supposed. wherent; expecting 1-2-3. competition the 4A in discus is instane.

everyday at practice the push from nathan and blanck second and fourth competition at tstae feel like preactce teammate to rely on nice o have.

i think this year. it turned into more of no wone looking at ind win. commong goal of going ijn as team. as olong as one end e dup top. no one minded. let’s get job done. so much pressure on boys side to get job done.

they literaly showed up.

it was pretty much. 300 hurdles. —

Jasmine had a pheomenal day. put up elite athletes.

mitchell last new PR, gabe cahoun pRd to take hme 6th. noah prd in shot. he prd in discus, noah, bake aidan and nathan.

all shot and jav boys pr’d in

all signed D-I

dynasty — every single thrower, my team is very deep. you never know.

rebuilding

Aidan back to back — first ever

I was confidecen i also knew one of tmy teammates would get hte hjoib done. prolky the team. eery sincel person works so hard. everybody loved to win ind full team title.

that’s somthign we take iwth us all the time. we knew we’d go out and do thget the job done. hda to come out and all work.

be able to accomplush something. I did lift a lot this sumer. put on 20 pounds that helped a lot. eveyrbody learning more in javelin webb and. it takes avein have to love, have to want to do it , take it time to perfect little things spearates beginners to advanced tiny little. core, your block. i think this year hips more into throw. get the hups full body movement.

setealdily improve, hopefully get over 200s fresman year that;s the goal. 18.

Massimo — pretty fricking awesoem. 8th for first. def the feeling bieing at the tbottom spposed to be at tp. pished and motivated me. worked my butt off.

offseason, lots and lots and lots of rep. lots of weightlifting. staying extra the form.

day — pretty good. florida meets so figging hot. came in pretty confident esp 123 which is insane. 100 percetn oh my gosh don’t do what i’m supposed. wherent; expecting 1-2-3. competition the 4A in discus is instane.

embraed the presure. ew’ve know the throws most of the poits. we have to come and performign and do our thang. track and field. def interesting southern sprints and jumps. if you got throws. the coaching coach webb one of ht ethrowing coaches in the nation. best facilities. you have good facilities and good caoches and great teams.e it ushes you.

Massimo — air force academy. prolly do hammer, 50 pounds shot. pmainly discus. i mean get back up to 200. 18

Jasmine

it feels unreal crsosed you were second. when i finished looking at scree n tname up top no way.

defintely projected to finish second. also, last year didn’t score in my 400 everyone scored. drop the ball.

equal definitely. we allvery hungry music on teh pdom 30 minutes. – i think wawa.

definitely my teammates and I dnf’d injury got to do it for here.

i started in august. not coach stow being a lot alena hurdle from freshman year. i uredled march 2nd at our meet. 400 m hurdles. no. 1 in nation 300m hirdles. pretty much arogan confidence. for me it was my trail leg. differnt streatgeiz race differently.

i think so. you off to.

Lilly

it’s awesome. it’s sa felling htat anything can top it.

shesa lso hy best freind. know n since 3 years old. weridest h2d competion you wnat her to win byut win your self. planned we room together. we spend out fo 7 days together. grown up together, best frond regional hard

12 just the feling my last track meet in hishg school just knowing second place last year redemptions year. weather great, no win, it was warm. wanted to do it for everyone but himself.

it was a 3-point difernt 4×400 differnenc wehtehr our girls balling eyes out. group chat 95 group chat. team score d05 points and lost. so much mot and drive and want coming into season.

we’ve been nervius since monday . haven’t been this nervous for a long time. nervous and excited. perfect combination.

I just live this team so much it’s pretty equal. what i was really going for. nother gold medal. two straight

Kennesaw state. i wanna take their school record, conference champ freshman year don’t want to have typical freshman year. train in summer. doing my thing. set my record olympics one day. right now clear 13 12-10 redicivousl 11-10 at state. PRs after PRs. i hope in my freshmn 13s posible in 14s 17 in July.

Skye

It fel amaizng i’m so happy. I think all of us we were nervous.

Well just like knowing how tha we had the chance to win. our scocahes just constandy meotivatiing ius. we fina actualy wasn’t m 13.5 13.72 but it was a good race adrenaline. form out of the window. — me and lily crossed finish line hgged each other yes, fior sure.

All last night after meet, lily i am so porud of her more rpiu of her than myself just do

what next year I don’t hae any set goals at moment keep improving. 13 definiteky just keep driving keepI diont hink ive every go to one even 4×100. such great te 16 or this usmmer emerald coast track cluyb do that training AAy meets.[

Niceville

Javelin

1st Aidan Boyd in javelin, 188-04

2nd Blake Orr, 184-05

Nathan Stepp, 177-08

Mitchell

Follow sports editor Seth Stringer on twitter at @SethSnwfdn.

Follow sports editor Seth Stringer on twitter at @SethSnwfdn.

This article originally appeared on Northwest Florida Daily News: Vote for your Daily News Athlete of the Week for May 9-14!