Maine Boys Track & Field AOY: Daniel Curts

Maine Boys Track & Field AOY: Daniel Curts

Gatorade Player of the Year

Maine Boys Track & Field AOY: Daniel Curts

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THE WINNER: Daniel Curts

THE BASICS

School: Ellsworth (Maine)
Grade: Senior
Event: Middle-distance and distance running
Height: 5-foot-11

Athletic achievement: He won three individual state championships at the Class B state meet this season, leading the Eagles to third place as a team. The state’s 2012-13 Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Curts won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.41, the 1,600 in a meet-record 4:09.88 and the 3,200 in 9:42.51. His winning time of 8:51.24 in the 3,200 at the Loucks Games broke a state record and ranked as the nation’s No. 5 performance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Curts has maintained an A-minus average.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating hundreds of hours as a summer camp counselor, he has volunteered at the annual Mount Desert Island Marathon and as part of Welcome to My Home, a homelessness outreach and advocacy initiative.

THE PRAISE

“Not only is he an outstanding athlete, but he also shows a great deal of sportsmanship,” said Sarah Gardner, head coach at rival Mattanawcook Academy. “He always cheers on and congratulates other athletes whether they are on his team or a complete stranger. He sets a great example for others, and I know many of my athletes look up to him as an athlete. He is a great example of what an outstanding track and field athlete is.”

THE FUTURE: Curts has signed with Iowa State.

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