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: Arman Hall
School: St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: Hall won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.16 seconds and the 400-meter run in 47.08 at the Class 4A state championship meet, leading the Raiders to a fifth consecutive state title as a team. The reigning World Junior Champion in the 400 meters, he also anchored the 4x400-meter relay quartet to a state title in 3:14.46. Hall finished second in the 400 at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships and his best time at the distance ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Hall has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Florida Youth Track and Field Association.
“Arman is an amazement to watch, like poetry in motion,” said St. Thomas Aquinas coach Alex Armenteros. “He’s a very disciplined and motivated young man, and he has demonstrated a commitment to his team and to the sport.”
THE FUTURE: Hall has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Florida this fall.