High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rogers

Arkansas Boys Track AOY: Chase Lamers

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: Chase Lamers

THE BASICS

School: Rogers (Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprinter
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lamers won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 22.27 this spring, leading the Mountaineers to a fourth-place finish as a team at the Class 7A state meet. The 2012 Northwest Arkansas Media Big 6 Boys Track Runner of the Year, Lamers also won the 100 (11.04) and the 200 (22.24) at the Class 7A West Conference Meet.

Academic excellence: Lamers has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), the Arkansas Crisis Center and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Arkansas Girls XC ROY: Maggie Montoya

January, 12, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

THE WINNER: Maggie Montoya

THE BASICS

School: Rogers (Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Montoya raced to the Class 7A individual state title this past season with a time of 19:12, leading the Mounties to the state title as a team. The 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she was the fastest Arkansas competitor at the Foot Locker South Regional championships, crossing the line in 17:40.

Academic excellence: Montoya has maintained a 3.85 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a bible camp leader and on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Eye on POY: Arkansas Girls Cross Country

January, 9, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Maggie Montoya
Junior, Rogers (AR)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 7A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—19:12

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 14th—17:40

Samantha Mohler
Senior, Mountain Home (AR)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 6A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—20:00

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 21st—18:55.57

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