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THE WINNER: Elijah Armstrong
School: Pocatello (Idaho)
Weight: 140 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to a third-place finish at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this past season with a time of 15:13. Armstrong also won the Foot Locker West Regional championships, breaking the tape in 15:24.2, and earned third-place at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships in 16:28.3. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he became the first prep runner in state history to capture four consecutive Class 4A individual state championships, clocking a 15:25.4 and leading the Indians to a state title as a team.
Academic excellence: Armstrong has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and a devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple school fundraisers and as a youth track & field coach.
“Elijah Armstrong is an amazing student athlete and his work ethic and drive to succeed is unprecedented,” said Pocatello High head coach Shannon Whitmer. “What he has accomplished at Pocatello High School during the past four years is something that has never been done before. It has been a pleasure to be a part of his remarkable journey and I am very excited to see what his future brings.”
THE FUTURE: Armstrong has signed with Boise State.