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THE WINNER: Tony Russell
School: West Chester (Pa.) Henderson
Position: Distance runner
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:49, leading the Warriors to the state title as a team. Russell won the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 15:46.4 and took 11th nationally at the NXN Final. He also won the Manhattan Invitational.
Academic excellence: Russell has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth running programs and Bringing Hope Home, which provides assistance to the families of cancer victims.
“Tony has great talent and he had a great year,” said West Chester Henderson coach Kevin Kelly. “He’s a super-fluid runner with tremendous endurance, and he’s not afraid to go after it. His performances speak for themselves.”
THE FUTURE: Russell has verbally committed to Penn State.