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THE WINNER: Andrew Hunter
School: Loudoun Valley (Purcellville, Va.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to a second consecutive Group 3A individual state championship with a course-record time of 14:41 this past season, leading the Vikings to fifth place as a team. The All-Met Runner of the Year as named by The Washington Post, Hunter broke the tape at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 14:36, which ranked as the state’s fastest 5K of the season, and then took fourth at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, clocking a 15:14. He finished unbeaten against Virginia prep cross country competitors in 2014.
Academic excellence: Hunter has maintained a 4.01 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered as a mentor at Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church.
“He does the little things that it takes to be successful that many are not willing to do,” said Doug Gilbert, head coach of rival Heritage High. “It is very impressive to see what he has achieved, being that he has two track seasons and another cross country season to go. His character is second to none. He is a great ambassador for the running community and is very outgoing among his peers.”
THE FUTURE: Hunter will be a senior this fall.