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THE WINNER: Tanner Anderson
School: North Central (Spokane, Wash.)
Weight: 135 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to a national title this past season with a time of 15:11 at the Nike Cross Nationals Final. Anderson won the Class 3A individual state championship for the second consecutive year, clocking a meet-record time of 14:32. He also won the NXN Northwest Regional championships in 15:46.6 and broke the tape at the Tracy Walters Invitational as well as the Richland Invitational.
Academic excellence: Anderson has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has helped feed the needy at Thanksgiving and has volunteered locally on behalf of environmental conservation efforts.
“Tanner has undergone a truly remarkable transformation as a leader for our team,” said North Central coach Jon Knight. “He’s a kind, thoughtful and humble young man who does his best to make the world around him a better place.”
THE FUTURE: Anderson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.