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Vote now: Who was national high school boys track and field athlete of the year in 2022-23?

We want to hear from you: Who was the best of the best?

Earlier this week we featured 20 of the top high school boys track and field athletes in the nation in 2022-23.

Meet SBLive's national high school boys track and field athletes of the year in 2022-23

Now, we want to hear from you: Who was the best of the best?

Vote in the poll and let us know who you think was the top high school boys track and field athlete in the nation in 2022-23.

Westerville Central (Ohio) sprinter Justin Braun won the SBLive fan poll last year.

This year's voting will conclude Wednesday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Descriptions of each player are below the poll.

Issam Asinga, sr., Montverde Academy (Florida)

The undisputed king of the sprints in 2023, Asinga set the national high school record in the 200 with a wind-legal 19.97 and the all-conditions record in the 100 with a 9.83. The Texas A&M signee had three sub-10-second, wind-assisted times in the 100 this spring and has a shot at making the U.S. team at the World Championships in August.

Gatlin Bair, jr., Burley (Idaho)

Easily the fastest high school athlete in Idaho, Bair became one of the fastest teenagers in the country this spring, tying his own state record with a 10.15 in the 100 and running the fifth-fastest 200 in the nation with a 20.47. He's also one of the top-rated wide receivers in the nation but will delay his college start for two years to go on a mission with the LDS church.

Simeon Birnbaum photo by Joe Bergman

Simeon Birnbaum photo by Joe Bergman

Simeon Birnbaum, sr., Rapid City Stevens (South Dakota)

Birnbaum owned distance races even more than Asinga owned the sprints in the 2023 outdoor season. The future Oregon Duck had the top times in the nation in the 1,500 (3:37.93), 1,600 (3:56.14), mile (3:57.53), 3,000 (8:05.11), 3,200 (8:31.73) and 2-mile (8:34.10).

Brody Buffington, sr., Catoctin (Maryland)

Buffington started running track just a year and a half ago, and in that short span he became the fastest sprinter in Maryland history, earning a full track scholarship to Georgia. He tied for the sixth-fastest 100 time in the nation (10.15) and ran with flair, drawing headlines for some controversial DQs over early victory celebrations.

Alex Chukwukelu, sr., North Forney (Texas)

Chukwukelu set a new personal record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.16 — which held up as the fastest in the country this season — at the Texas Relays. His time of 12.98 at the district meet would have broken the national record of 13.08 run by Wayne Davis of North Carolina in 2009, but the timing system malfunctioned, and the use of hand timing nullified the record.

Nathan Cumberbatch, sr., Shorewood (Wisconsin)

Cumberbatch ran a PR of 1:48.20 to win the 800-meter title at the Brooks Invitational. The time is the fastest in the nation this year in the 800 and set a Wisconsin state record. Cumberbatch, who has competed internationally for Trinidad and Tobago, will be running track at USC next season.

DJ Fillmore, sr., Licking Heights (Ohio)

Fillmore won a state title in the long jump with a PR of 24-11, and then he outdid himself at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor. The Ohio State commit won the event with a 25-4.75, best in the nation in 2023, and also finished third in the 200 with a time of 20.83 seconds.

Maurice Gleaton, soph., Langston Hughes (Georgia)

Gleaton is already piling up Power Five offers to play wide receiver on the football field, and he's been a blur on the track in 2023. He beat a star-studded field in the 200 with a time of 20.91 and finished second in the 100 with a 10.3. He's top five nationally in both this year with times of 20.52 and 10.14, respectively.

Karson Gordon, jr., Episcopal (Texas)

Already committed to play quarterback at UNLV, Gordon is the only high school athlete in the country to exceed 51 feet in the triple jump this season. He won the event at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, with a mark of 51-4.25.

Rocky Hansen, sr., Christ School (North Carolina)

Hansen finished just behind Simeon Birnbaum in the fastest-run 1,600 in the nation this year, clocking a second-best 3:56.76 at the HOKA Festival of Miles. Hansen also has the third-best time in the nation this year in the 3,200 with an 8:32.46. He'll be running for Wake Forest next season.

Chris Johnson, sr., Dillard (Florida)

Johnson won his second straight state title in the 200 with a record time of 20.40 seconds, beating the state mark set in 2018 by one-hundredth of a second. He also defended his title in the 100-meter dash with a 10.25. The dual-sport star will be a running back for Miami in the fall.

Rodrick Pleasant, sr., Gardena Serra (California)

Yet another football star on this list, Pleasant ran his fastest all-conditions 100 when winning a Southern Section Division 4 race in a wind-aided 10.09 seconds. The Oregon Ducks football commit broke the state meet record by winning the 100 in 10.20, grabbing a double by winning the 200 in 20.67.

Riyon Rankin, sr., Brunswick (Georgia)

Rankin won the 6A Region 2 championship in the high jump and triple jump to lead Brunswick to its first region title since 1990. Then at the state meet he broke the Georgia high jump record that had stood since 1983, clearing 7-3.75 for the top mark in the nation in 2023. He'll be competing for the Georgia Bulldogs next season.

Bryce Ruland, jr., Waterford (Wisconsin)

A state champion and national runner-up powerlifter, Ruland also was the top discus thrower in the nation in 2023. After breaking a 30-year-old state record with a throw of 201-11 inches (more than 7 feet better than the previous record), he one-upped himself at the Nike Outdoor Nationals with a national-best throw of 213-9.

Ben Smith, jr., Hortonville (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin boasted quite the one-two punch of junior throwers. Smith finished second in the nation in 2023 behind Ruland with a discus throw of 210-4.5 at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, and he had the top shot put mark in the nation at 68-10.5.

Trevontay Smith, sr., Yelm (Washington)

Like Brody Buffington, Smith hasn't been competing in track and field for very long. But the three-sport star (football, basketball) has become one of the best triple jumpers in the country, earning a track and field scholarship to compete next year for the Washington Huskies. He won his second consecutive state title in the triple jump with a mark of 50-4.5, top five in the nation this year.

Bryce Tucker, sr., Pennsauken (New Jersey)

A versatile athlete who's found success as a sprinter and even in cross country, Tucker thrives most as a hurdler. The Rutgers commit had the top 400-meter hurdles time in the nation in 2023 with a 50.96 to win the state championship. It was the fifth-fastest time in the event in state history.

Tavon Underwood, sr., Mead (Colorado)

Underwood won the 400 at the New Balance Nationals in a meet-record time of 45.82, and it wasn't even his PR in the event. A month earlier he ran the fastest 400 time in Colorado high school history at the state championship meet, 45.36 seconds, which was best in the nation in 2023. The Kansas State signee also won state titles in the 200 and 800.

Jordan Ware, sr., Memphis Central (Tennessee)

Ware set three records in four races at the state championship meet, breaking his own TSSAA state record with a 10.13 seconds in the 100. The Mississippi State signee also set the 200 record with a time of 20.63 and anchored the 4x100 relay team that broke the state record in 40.86.

Jelani Watkins, jr., Klein Forest (Texas)

Watkins repeated as state champion in the 200 with a time of 20.54, and his 20.39 time in the district meet was the second-fastest in the nation in 2023. Also a star wide receiver on the football team, Watkins anchored two winning relay teams at state, including the 4x400 to clinch Klein Forest's team state title.