THE WINNER: Autumn Eastman
School: Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.)
Athletic achievement: She won two individual state championships at the Division I state meet this spring and led the Redhawks to a second-place finish as a team. Eastman won the 800-meter run with a state-record time of 2:13.06 and the 1500-meter run in 4:40.72, which ranked as the nation’s No. 63 performance among prep competitors in 2013 at the time of her selection. Eastman ran the anchor leg for CVU’s 4×800-meter relay quartet that won with a state-record time of 9:29.75, and she ran the second leg for the 4×400-meter relay squad that finished third.
Academic excellence: Eastman has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with Champlain Valley Union’s Athletic Leadership Club to promote positive sportsmanship and was accepted into the MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program at the University of Vermont this summer to explore her interests in science.
“Autumn managed to set two state records in the heat at states and I’ve watched her chip away at her school 800 record all season,” said Dan Hagan, head coach of Burlington (Vt.). “Her sunny attitude is unrelenting and she really emerged as the team’s star this year.”
THE FUTURE: Eastman will be a senior next year.