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Monday, January 23, 2012
Alaska Boys XC ROY: Miles Knotek

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

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THE WINNER: Miles Knotek

THE BASICS

School: Seward (Alaska)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Knotek raced to the Class 1-2-3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:23, leading the Seahawks to third place as a team. He also won the Region 3 Championship meet, the Seward Invitational, the Nikisi Class Races and the ACS Class Challenge. He placed second at the Skyview Invitational.

Academic excellence: Knotek has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A peer tutor at his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs and a community garden project.

THE PRAISE

“Miles is determined in the heat of competition and resilient,” said Seward head coach Dan Marshall. “He’s willing to experiment with his race and not just rely on one universal strategy.”

THE FUTURE: Knotek will begin his senior year of high school this fall.