THE WINNER: Josh Evans
School: Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: The distance runner won the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:13.34 seconds and anchored the 1600-meter sprint medley relay quartet that broke the tape in 3:29.94 this spring, leading the Lions to the Class 4A state championship as a team. A 2013 First Team All-State selection, Evans broke a 24-year old meet record in the 1600 at the Drake Relays with a time of 4:10.86.
Academic excellence: Evans has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol (S.O.D.A.) and in association with multiple community service initiatives on behalf of his church youth group.
“Josh Evans is a humble champion and has a good rapport with his fellow competitors,” said Brian Martz, head coach at Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa). “He is a fine representative of track and field in Iowa and he always demonstrates great sportsmanship, win or lose.”
THE FUTURE: Evans will be a senior next year.