Briggin Bluemel ‘Dumbfounded’ That He Won the Simpson Award [AUDIO]
Following a highly successful prep career, Mountain View’s Briggin Bluemel earned the state’s top honor for a high school athlete last month.
Bluemel was the male winner of the 2020 Milward Simpson Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award. A three-sport student-athlete, he received multiple letters in football, basketball, and track at Mountain View High School. Bluemel was a six-time all-state selection between football and track and also earned multiple all-conference honors in basketball. He was the 2A West Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 on the gridiron and helped the Buffalos to Class 2A Football State Championships in 2017 and 2019. Bluemel also led Mountain View to the Class 3A Boys’ State Track Championship in 2019.
WyoPreps’ David Settle finally caught up with Briggin Bluemel to get his reaction to winning this year’s Simpson Award. In an audio interview above, Bluemel said he found out from a friend and then had to make sure it was true. He considers winning this honor as something very special. Bluemel admitted he knew he was up against some tough competition. He spoke about being a multi-sport athlete and how that assisted him in his growth as a student and a person, and how training for each was different. Briggin explained how difficult of a decision it was to pick track over football, why he chose to go to the University of Wyoming, and also reflected on his time at Mountain View.
Bluemel won three state championships in track. Those came in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, and he was a part of the Buffalos victorious 4x100 meter relay squad at the 2019 state meet. He’s also the record holder in the 300-meter hurdles at the Pinedale track meet. He lost his senior year in track to the COVID-19 pandemic but will continue his career at UW on a track scholarship.
Briggin was a star in football. He finished his career with 2,318 yards rushing and 1,351 yards receiving. On defense, Bluemel compiled 227 total tackles with 119 solo stops. He was chosen to play for the South Team in the annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game that was canceled because of coronavirus concerns. Bluemel also won several team honors in football at Mountain View.
At Wyoming, Bluemel plans on majoring in business administration.