Hayden Bills Name Gatorade's Minnesota Boys POY


Hayden Bills of Rosemount High School was named the Minnesota boys recipient of the Gatorade Minnesota Track and Field Player of the Year award. 

Bills completed an undefeated campaign in the shot put and discus this past season by winning both events at the Class AAA state meet, leading Rosemount to a state title as a team. Bills set a state record at the meet, winning the discus by 34 feet with a throw of 207 feet even, which ranked No. 3 nationally among prep competitors in 2023. Bills also set a state record in the shot put at the True Team Championships by putting up a mark of 66-8.75, which ranked No. 4 nationally.

All-Time Minnesota Throws Marks

Shot Put

1Hayden Bills66' 8.75"2023
2Thomas Anderson65' 8"2012
3Nate Elgin65' 6"2003
4Tim Senjem65' 3"1996
5Casey Dehn64' 11.75"2009


1Hayden Bills207' 0"2023
2Karl Erickson201' 7"2001
3Jake Kubiatowicz199' 7"2017
4Mitchell Weber196' 10"2017
5Mike Yonkey195' 6"1987

Bills is the second Rosemount boy to be honored as the Gatorade Minnesota Track and Field Player of the Year alongside Payton Otterdahl (2013-14). 

Bills is committed to Arizona State University. 


The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media, and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport


Previous Minnesota Boys Track and Field Gatorade POY Recipients

2023Hayden BillsRosemount
2022Ramy AyoubFarmington
2021Marcus HansenWaseca
2020AJ GreenEastview
2019AJ GreenEastview
2018Samuel MooreBertha-Hewitt
2017Jake KubiatowiczNorth St. Paul
2016Jaret CarpenterWayzata
2015Joe KleckerHopkins