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: Brandon Sanders
School: Dreher (Columbia, S.C.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: The 2008-09 and 2009-10 Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Sanders won two individual state championships and two relays this spring, reclaiming the award he’d won twice previously and leading the Blue Devils to the Class 3A state championship. He won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.40 seconds, which ranked No. 47 nationally among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. Sanders concluded his prep track career with 11 state titles.
Academic excellence: Sanders has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at Richland Memorial Hospital, on behalf of Meals on Wheels and as part of an elementary school literacy-outreach program.
“Brandon Sanders has been the face of Dreher track for the last four years,” said John Javis, head coach at Eau Claire (Columbia, S.C.). “He was a four-event gold medalist at our state meet and his team wouldn’t have won the state title without him.”
THE FUTURE: Sanders has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of South Carolina beginning this fall.