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THE WINNER: Aidan Reed
School: Helena (Mont.)
Weight: 120 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class AA individual state championship with a time of 15:22.81 this past season, leading the Bengals to fifth place as a team. A two-time Class AA All-State honoree, Reed clocked a 14:51.30 at the Butte Invitational and 15:58.40 at the Great Falls Invitational, which respectively ranked as the state’s fastest three-mile and 5K times of the season. He finished 100th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships in 18:07.90.
Academic excellence: Reed has maintained a 3.93 GPA and has served in his school’s student government as president of the sophomore class in 2013-14.
Exemplary character: A contributor to the student newspaper and a participant in the Montana Model United Nations, he has volunteered as part of an anti-drug campaign and on behalf of the Montana Historical Society in addition to donating his time maintaining Helena High’s cross country trail.
“Aidan’s work ethic is second-to-none,” said Ed Darfler, head coach of rival Capital High. “He is always working to improve and willing to help other runners improve their racing skills. I would be honored to have him on my cross country team, not for his running ability, but for the leadership, poise and confidence that is a part of who he is. Aidan is an outstanding ambassador for Montana boys cross country.”
THE FUTURE: Reed will be a senior this fall.