High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Twin Falls

Idaho Boys Track AOY: Erik Harris

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: Erik Harris


School: Twin Falls (Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 133 pounds


Athletic achievement: Harris won individual titles in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.86 and the 3200-meter run in 9:04.13, and earned second place in the 1600-meter run in 4:23.67 this spring, leading the Bruins to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state meet. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he set a state record in the 3200, eclipsing the previous mark by two seconds. His time of 4:09.73 in the 1600 at the Chandler Rotary Invitational ranked as the nation’s No. 32 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, he has served as the co-president of his school’s honor choir and has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group.

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Eye on POY: Idaho Boys Cross Country

December, 28, 2011
The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys 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?

Dallin Farnsworth
Senior, Highland (Pocotello, ID)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:40.58

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): Third—15:41
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 11th—15:29

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Third—15:43.3
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): Did not compete

Erik Harris
Senior, Twin Falls (ID)

2011 Team postseason standing: Sixth (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 2nd—16:20.27

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 20th—16:16
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): Did not qualify

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Ninth—15:58.7
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): Did not qualify

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