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: Jacob Ellis
School: Brattleboro Union (Vt.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: Ellis won the 1,500-meter run at the Division I state meet this spring with a state-record time of 3:57.33, which ranked No. 24 nationally among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. He also won the 800-meter run in 1:59.05 and placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 23.64, leading the Colonels to a fifth-place finish as a team. Also the state-record holder in the 800 (1:54.01), he concluded his prep track career with seven state titles.
Academic excellence: Ellis has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An accomplished trumpet player and singer, he has participated in numerous shows with the New England Youth Theater company and volunteered locally as a middle school track official.
“Jacob sets high standards and goals and works very hard to achieve them,” said John Dimick, head coach at Brattleboro Union. “His season is even more remarkable considering that his leg was run over by a car midway through the fall cross country season.”
THE FUTURE: Ellis will attend Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he will compete with the track & field team.