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THE WINNER: Ashi Geberkidane
School: Denver East (Denver, Colo.)
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.
“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.