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: Devon Allen
School: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: Allen won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.58 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 36.94 at the Division I state meet, leading the Broncos to second place as a team. Also the Athlete of the Year as named by The Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune, he captured second place in both the 100-meter dash (10.49) and 200 (20.75). Allen’s state-record 110 hurdles time of 13.52 seconds and state-record 300 hurdles time of 36.39 at the Arcadia Invitational, as well as his 200 time at the state meet, all ranked as the nation’s No. 4 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: An accomplished pianist and saxophonist, Allen has maintained a 3.24 GPA in the classroom and serves on his school’s Black Student Union and Red and White Club.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football and soccer coach, he has volunteered locally on behalf of New Horizon Youth Homes, Far West Pop Warner Football, St. Gregory Parish, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the Valley of the Sun YMCA and American Youth Football.
“When you look at Devon’s performances, it is clear that he is very talented,” said Brophy College Prep head coach Bill Kalkman. “What you don’t see is his humble spirited character, consistent team leadership and relentless maximum effort in workouts. Devon loves to compete, and he is not satisfied with his marks so far. He is pressing on with a training regimen to race faster in national competition this summer.”
THE FUTURE: Allen will begin his senior year of high school this fall.