A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Marcus Dickson
School: White River (Buckley, Wash.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: Dickson won the 800-meter run in 1:52.84 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:10.79 at the Class 2A state meet this spring, leading the Hornets to a second-place finish as a team. He also placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:04.91. A two-time South Puget Sound League Track Athlete of the Year, his best times in the 800 (1:49.33), 1,500 (3:54.44), 1,600 (4:05.83) and mile (4:03.18) all ranked among the nation’s top 15 performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Dickson has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered locally with White River High special-needs students, in neighborhood beautification projects and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Marcus Dickson is so much more talented than the rest of our league, but each and every week he seemed to find himself a new personal challenge,” said Brian Meyer, head coach at rival Fife (Tacoma, Wash.). “I was impressed by the workload he took on at state to try to win the team title. Running all three distance races and anchoring the 1600 relay is a crazy plan, but Marcus was willing to do it for his teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Dickson has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Brigham Young University beginning this fall.