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: Matt McClintock
School: Madison Memorial Area (Madison, Maine)
Athletic achievement: McClintock won the 1,600-meter run with a class-record time of 4:16.40 and the 3,200-meter run in a class-record 9:16.92 at the Class C state meet this spring. The state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:01.67. He went on to win the 3,200 in 9:06.24 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past season. McClintock’s 3,200 time at the New England championships ranked as the nation’s No. 65 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout, McClintock has maintained an A average in the classroom and earned class valedictorian honors.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of the Athens Craft Fair, the Madison Food Pantry and his school’s Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, in addition to donating his time as a youth athletic instructor.
“I saw him run at New Englands, where he won the two-mile,” said Steve Virgilio, head coach at Cheverus (Portland, Maine). “That’s the fastest time I’ve seen in Maine high schools for awhile. He’s pretty quick. He’s got great times. He came within 10 seconds of setting the Maine and New England records, and he ran by himself, too. He’s a tough kid. He finds his pace, and he stays on it. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can at the Division I level.”
THE FUTURE: McClintock has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Purdue University this fall.