Field events have always played an important role in the success of the boys track and field team at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Never more has it been such an vital part in helping the team to its fourth state title over the past five years.
Ryan Crozier was the individual who took it upon himself that he would excel at the shot put and discus that provided needed points throughout the 2014 season.
For his role, he has been selected the Sun Sentinel's Class 4A-3A boys track Athlete of the Year.
Crozier finished first in the discus (164 feet) and second in the shot put (57-2.25 feet) at the Class 4A state meet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in May.
"He had an incredible season," St. Thomas Aquinas Alex Armenteros said. "Every track meet he scored points for us and showed leadership for our throwers.
"He was the glue that kept the guys together."
Crozier's top throws of the year were 170-10 in the discus, which came at the BCAA Championship meet and his state throw in the shot put.
Crozier said he specifically worked hard on the shot put this year and his results proved it.
He said it was important to earn points in his two field events.
"It was huge," said Crozier, who has signed to play football at Connecticut. "I needed to bring some points early to help win the state title."
In district, regional and state meets, Crozier accounted for a minimum of 18 points in each, winning the discus in each of the three meets. He was the only track athlete on the St. Thomas team to earn 18 points at the state meet. Last year he finished fourth at the state meet in the discus and failed to earn points in the shot put.
"I was surprised in the shot put because I didn't do much work there in the year before," Crozier said. "I knew I had potential in the discus. Success with both was about working on strength and speed in the ring."