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THE WINNER: Colton Donahue
School: Blue Valley (Stilwell, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:22.40. The Bob Timmons Award winner as the top performer at the state meet, Donahue placed 14th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships in 15:21, clocking the state’s top time at the event. Donahue concluded the season unbeaten against Kansas competition, including a fourth-place finish at the Rim Rock Farm Classic. He captured sixth place at the 2011 Class 5A state meet as a junior.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Donahue has maintained a 3.18 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“Colton really improved this fall and left no doubt all season long that he was the best in Kansas,” said Steve Underwood, DyeStat editor with Runnerspace.com. “The state hasn’t had a lot of Foot Locker national qualifiers over the years from the very tough Midwest region, but Colton came very close.”
THE FUTURE: Donahue remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.