High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Flathead

Montana Boys Track AOY: Zach Perrin

June, 21, 2012
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: Zach Perrin


School: Flathead (Mont.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 145 pounds


Athletic achievement: Perrin won individual state titles in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:17.18 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:20.84 at the Class AA state meet this spring, leading the Braves to a third-place finish as a team. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, he also competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, where he took eighth in the 3,200 (8:55.24), earning the fastest mark ever recorded by a Montana runner at the meet. His time of 8:23.90 in the 3,000-meter run at Arcadia ranked as the nation’s No. 7 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Perrin has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and the vice president of his graduating class, he has volunteered locally as a youth track and field coach.

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Eye on POY: Montana volleyball

December, 4, 2011
The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Kyndal Williams
Senior setter, Helena (MT)

2011 Team record: 29-4
2011 Team standing: Won Class AA state title

2011 Kills: 99
2011 Blocks: 45
2011 Digs: 253
2011 Aces: 72
2011 Assists: 1,037

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2009-2011 First Team All League

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