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: Jake Perrin
School: Flathead (Kalispell, Mont.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: The distance talent won a pair of individual state championships this spring and led the Braves to a seventh-place finish as a team at the Class AA state meet. Perrin set all-class state records in both the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:12.06 seconds and the 3200-meter run in 9:04.35. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in California, where he earned a 17th-place finish out of 82 competitors in the 3200, crossing the line in a season-best 9:02.49.
Academic excellence: Perrin has maintained a 3.10 GPA.
Exemplary character: A student council representative, he is a devoted parishioner in his church community and has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter.
“For the last two years, Jake Perrin has set a standard I hope our future distant runners will follow,” said Flathead High head coach Dan Hodge. “He never misses a workout and he always approaches them in a positive manner. He runs is all types of weather conditions and always wants to be up front in the pack, which is the sign of a true leader.”
THE FUTURE: Perrin has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Gonzaga University this fall.