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THE WINNER: Jeremy Brown
School: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: He captured the Class 4A individual state championship with a time of 15:50.03 this past season, leading the Capitals to a fourth straight state title as a team. A three-time Class 4A All-State honoree, Brown took third at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 14:57, which ranked as the state’s fastest 5K of the season, and then finished 23rd at the NXN Final, clocking a 15:48.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.44 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time handing out water at Raleigh’s Ironman triathlon, he has completed more than 75 hours of community service on behalf of his school, including his participating in Broughton High’s peer-mentoring initiative and an annual Stop Hunger Now fundraising campaign.
“Jeremy is very accomplished as a runner and always serves as a model of hard work and dedication,” said Broughton head coach David Christian, who won Gatorade Kentucky Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors in the 1998-99 season. “He has served as a great supporter of the success of his teammate’s efforts and our programs goals. He continually motivates and helps guide the team.”
THE FUTURE: Brown will be a senior this fall.