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New York Boys Track AOY: Nick Ryan

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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Nick Ryan

THE BASICS

School: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)

Grade: Junior

Event(s): Distance

Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ryan won the 1,600-meter run with a meet-record time of 4:05.24 and captured the 3,200-meter run in 9:03.81 at the New York state championship meet this spring. His winning trip in the 1,600 is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. He is also the state’s reigning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Academic excellence: Ryan has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and a youth arts program.

THE PRAISE

“Nick knows that to get from point A to point B, you have to put in the work,” said Fayetteville-Manlius coach Bill Aris. “He’s got a great attitude and a great work ethic and he brought out his best for spring track this year.”

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