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THE WINNER: Autumn Eastman
School: Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.)
Position: Distance runner
Athletic achievement: She raced to the Division 1 individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:47.4, leading the Redhawks to the state title as a team. The state’s 2012-13 Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Eastman took third at both the New England Cross Country Championships and the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships. She finished 16th nationally at the NXN Final with a time of 17:56.9.
Academic excellence: Eastman has maintained a 4.02 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a standout Nordic skier, she has volunteered locally on behalf of middle school literacy-outreach initiatives and youth ski programs. She has also donated her time as a tutor in her school.
“Autumn’s dedication and work ethic helped turn her into one of the best cross country runners in the entire country,” said Champlain Valley Union coach Scott Bliss. “She’s the most impressive runner that I have ever coached.”
THE FUTURE: Eastman has verbally committed to Georgetown.