Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country ROY: Ashi Geberkidane

Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country ROY: Ashi Geberkidane

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Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country ROY: Ashi Geberkidane

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THE WINNER: Ashi Geberkidane

THE BASICS

School: Denver East (Denver, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-foot-2

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:21.7. Geberkidane also won the Denver Public Schools championship and the Region 1 championship. He was 12th at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional championships.

Academic excellence: Geberkidane has maintained a 3.86 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a soccer standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth-mentoring program.

THE PRAISE

“Ashi is just a great natural runner,” said Denver East head coach Steve Kohuth. “He has tremendous raw talent. It was his first year running cross country — and there are so many talented runners in Colorado — but we thought he had a chance to come in and make a mark right away. He certainly did that.”

THE FUTURE: Geberkidane remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

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