John Curtis pole vaulter Dylan Duvio wins state Gatorade honor

Pole vault specialist Dylan Duvio, of John Curtis, was selected as the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Duvio won the Class 2A outdoor title last month by clearing 16 feet, 8 inches. That effort helped the Patriots claim a state title.

The Stanford signee also made his mark in other meets, placing second nationally during the indoor season before posting a personal best of 17-31/2, a Louisiana record for a high school competitor.

“It’s a great honor,” Duvio said. “I would have never thought I’d get something like this. I started working (last) August to build up to the season and had a lot of good things happen.”

Duvio is currently in Iowa competing in a USA Track & Field meet for juniors ages 17-19 and is looking to earn a spot on the Pan American Games team. He also won the high school division at the prestigious Penn Relays in the spring and is ranked No. 2 on the nation’s high school performance list for 2013.

“Dylan has always worked super hard, on and off the track,” John Curtis coach Preston Curtis Jr. said.

“He motivates others, and he always helps athletes from other schools, trying to help them jump higher.”

Duvio maintained a 3.87 grade-point average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally making goodwill visits to a retirement home, coaching youth track athletes and assisting in hurricane relief efforts.

Duvio joins past Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners Kavahra Holmes (2011-12 and 2010-11, Breaux Bridge High School), Andreas Duplantis (2009-10, Lafayette), Richard Sheldon (2008–09, Episcopal), Barrett Nugent (2007-08, North Vermillion), and Zedric Thomas (2006-2007, New Iberia) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Winning the Louisiana award makes Duvio eligible to win the national Gatorade award to be announced in the weeks ahead.