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THE WINNER: Matt Welch
School: Proctor (Minn.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to a Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:34. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Proctor earned seventh place at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:37.1. He also earned 99th place at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships in 16:10.
Academic excellence: Welch has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A talented trumpet and French horn player, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his school’s peer leadership program.
“Matt Welch is a tremendous competitor and a wonderful ambassador to the sport and his school,” said Proctor head coach Lowell Harnell. “He is extremely focused on what he sets out to accomplish.”
THE FUTURE: Welch remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.