High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brock Baker

Tennessee Boys Track AOY: Brock Baker

June, 21, 2012
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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: Brock Baker

THE BASICS

School: Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 148 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Baker won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:15.10 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:18.20 at the Class 3A state meet this spring and led the Patriots to a ninth-place finish as a team. A 2012 New Balance Indoor All-American selection, he placed fifth in the 2-mile at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships with a time of 9:00.22, which ranked No. 6 in the nation among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. Baker also ranked in the Top 25 nationally with his season-best performances in the mile, 3,000 and 3,200.

Academic excellence: Baker has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class.

Exemplary character: A soloist in the Oakland Chamber Choir, he helped found the non-profit Sustaining A Village Everyday, which raised $29,000 to provide food and clean water to a village in Haiti. He has volunteered locally with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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