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THE WINNER: Will Lauer
School: Lincoln (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Weight: 130 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:13.2, leading the Patriots to a state title as a team. Also a 2014 South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association All-State selection, Lauer earned second place at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:07.5. He went on to compete at the NXN Final, where he finished 27th in 15:52.
Academic excellence: Lauer has maintained a 3.93 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s jazz band, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group.
“Will Lauer has a unique skill set of intelligence, motivation and a passion for running that has fueled his success,” said Lincoln High head coach Eric Pooley. “He is becoming one of the best distance runners in South Dakota history.”
THE FUTURE: Lauer has signed with Stanford.