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: Ahmed Bile
School: Annandale (Va.)
Athletic achievement: The two-time Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Bile won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.52 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:13.12 at the Group AAA state meet this spring, leading the Atoms to a share of the state title as a team. A two-time Foot Locker Cross Country All-American selection and the Washington Post 2011 All-Met Cross Country Runner of the Year, his season-best times in the 800 (1:51.52), 1,600 (4:08.29) and mile (4:04.11) all ranked among the nation’s top 30 performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Bile has maintained a 3.31 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s Young Democrats of America chapter, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer instructor and at electoral polling venues.
“I’m not sure what else Ahmed could have done for us this year,” said Sean Miller, head coach at Annandale. “He was poised to break the state meet record in the 800 or 1,600 but because our team was in the running to win the state championship he had to triple once again and just do what it took to win the race and not go for individual glory.”
THE FUTURE: Bile has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.