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THE WINNER: Zach Perrin
School: Flathead (Kalispell, Mont.)
Athletic achievement: The 6-foot senior raced to the Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:08.7, leading the Braves to fourth place as a team. The state’s reigning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Perrin captured eighth place at the Foot Locker West Regional championships in 15:47 and finished 10th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:32.
Academic excellence: Perrin has maintained a B average in the classroom and has served as part of his school’s student government.
Exemplary character: A member of Flathead’s concert choir, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, as a youth athletic instructor and by running 50 miles in a single day to raise money for a young girl suffering from cancer.
“He is very coachable, works hard and knows what his limits are,” said Flathead head coach Paul Jorgensen. “Zach has been Flathead’s top cross country runner for the last three years, and he’s the top cross country runner in the state of Montana.”
THE FUTURE: Perrin remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.