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: Erik Harris
School: Twin Falls (Idaho)
Weight: 133 pounds
Athletic achievement: Harris won individual titles in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.86 and the 3200-meter run in 9:04.13, and earned second place in the 1600-meter run in 4:23.67 this spring, leading the Bruins to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state meet. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he set a state record in the 3200, eclipsing the previous mark by two seconds. His time of 4:09.73 in the 1600 at the Chandler Rotary Invitational ranked as the nation’s No. 32 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, he has served as the co-president of his school’s honor choir and has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group.
“Erik Harris is the best runner ever to come through Twin Falls High School,” said Twin Falls head coach Marty Grindstaff. “While he hates to lose, he is the ultimate good sport when he is beaten which says a lot about his character.”
THE FUTURE: Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at Brigham Young University this fall.