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THE WINNER: Sean McGorty
School: Chantilly (Va.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Group AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:47, leading the Chargers to the state title as a team. Also the MileStat.com state Runner of the Year and The Washington Post’s D.C. Metro Runner of the Year, McGorty won the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 14:28 and took second at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:05. He won all seven of his regular-season races by an average of 30 seconds, including a victory at the prestigious Great American Cross Country Festival, concluding his senior season unbeaten against Virginia competition.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, McGorty has maintained a 4.25 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time on behalf of the Chantilly Youth Association Track Program, he has served as a member of the National Honor Society, Business Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Sean displays a firm sense of sportsmanship,” said Chantilly head coach Dr. Matt Gilchrist. “He tries his absolute hardest to compete at the highest level of competition, but does so with a sense of fair play and humility toward all of his fellow runners. He is a born leader and has helped his team raise their level of work and competition to heights not seen at our school in almost two decades.”
THE FUTURE: McGorty has committed to Stanford University.