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THE WINNER: Robert Carter
School: Long Reach (Columbia, Md.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.22 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 37.74 at the Class 3A state meet this season, leading the Lightning to the championship as a team. A First Team All-Metro selection as named by both The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, Carter also anchored the 4×100-meter relay quartet that broke the tape in 42.38 and the first-place 4×200 that clocked a 1:29.39. His state meet hurdles performances each ranked among the nation’s top 100 performances among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Carter has maintained a 3.90 weighted GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s Alpha Achievers chapter, he has donated his time as a youth football instructor, as a mentor to Bonnie Branch Middle School students and as part of a program dedicated to equipping women victimized by domestic violence with used cell phones.
“Rob is the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever coached in 32 years,” said Long Reach head coach Pete Hughes. “He’s driven not only in the classroom, but also in his extracurricular sports, where he was an All-County selection in football as well. He’s worked his butt off to get where he is.”
THE FUTURE: Carter has signed with Florida A&M.