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Highschool Sports

Las Cruces student-athletes receive Gatorade’s Players of the Year nods


Two student-athletes from Las Cruces High School and Organ Mountain High were selected as Gatorade Players of the Year following their academic achievements, volunteerism and on-field success.

Corbin Coombs of Organ Mountain was selected as the 2023-24 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Track and Field Player of the Year, while Kaselle Davis of Las Cruces High School was chosen as the 2023-24 Gatorade New Mexico Girls Track and Field Player of the Year.

The award is meant to acknowledge student-athletes who succeed on the field, contribute to their community, and excel in the classroom. According to Gatorade, Coombs and Davis are the first athletes from LCHS and OMHS to win the awards.

Coombs swept the 800- and 160-meter events at the Class 5A state meet this past season, leading the Knights to third place as a team. He also earned All-American honors with a second-place finish at Nike Outdoor Nationals.  

According to Gatorade, Coombs has also participated in multiple service expeditions to Uganda and Guatemala, where hes helped build schools and medical centers and fundraised for clear water reforms.

Coombs also locally volunteered with the Senior Olympics road races and track events and donated his time as a student coach at a youth track and field camp. Per the news release, he also attends the LDS Seminary during the academic year.

Coombs has a 4.10 GPA in the classroom and will start his senior year this fall.

Davis broke two state records and set a class record in a third event this past season. She won four gold medals and shared in a relay bronze at the Class 5A state meet, leading the Bulldawgs to fifth place as a team.

Davis also volunteers for the Holy Temple Church of God and Christ in Alamogordo. Shes maintained a 3.66 GPA and starts her senior year of high school this fall.

Both players will receive a grant from Gatorade to donate to a charity or social impact group of their choosing.