The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Sam Rusak
School: Scarborough (Maine)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won four individual state titles at the Class A state meet this past season, leading the Red Storm to the state championship as a team. Rusak cleared 15 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault, soared 6-feet in the high jump, broke the tape in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.01 seconds and took gold in the 200-meter dash in 22.82. He also finished fourth nationally in the decathlon at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships with 6,585 points.
Academic excellence: Rusak has maintained an A-minus average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Scarborough Recreation Department and the Piper Shores retirement community.
“Sam is a tremendous athlete, but he doesn’t just rely on his natural ability,” said Scarborough coach Derek Veilleux. “He’s been successful because of his work ethic and his desire to be the best. He’s one of the hardest workers I have had the pleasure to coach.”
THE FUTURE: Rusak will begin his senior year of high school this fall.