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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Missouri Boys Track AOY: Dapo Akinmoladun

By Ben Rohrbach

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: Dapo Akinmoladun

THE BASICS

School: Grandview (Mo.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Hurdles/sprints
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 178 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Akinmoladun won individual state titles in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.56 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 37.34 this spring and earned fifth place in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.41 to lead the Bulldogs to the Class 3 state championship as a team. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, he set a state record in the 110 hurdles at the Kansas Relays, breaking the tape in 13.75. His state title-winning time in the 110 hurdles ranked as the nation’s No. 5 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Akinmoladun has maintained a 3.78 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the debate team, he has served as the president of his school’s Technology Student Association and volunteered locally on behalf multiple community-service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

THE PRAISE

“Watching Dapo Akinmoladun compete this spring was a treat,” said Clay Weldy, head coach at Cassville (Mo.). “He is a great athlete and a fierce competitor. You do not see hurdlers like him very often and I’m excited to see how he competes at the next level.”

THE FUTURE: Akinmoladun has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Nebraska this fall.