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: Donovan Robertson
School: Berea (Ohio)
Athletic achievement: Robertson won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.66 seconds and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 35.96 at the Division I state championship meet this spring. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, he also won both hurdling events at the Midwest Meet of Champions, and his season-best times in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles all ranked among the nation’s top three performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Robertson has maintained a 3.66 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth soccer program, and has assisted sports medicine patients at an area hospital.
“Donovan has been a leader since he stepped on the track at Berea,” said Berea head coach Ryan Nigro. “He’s not only blessed with extraordinary physical skills, but his ability to mentally process the mechanics of the hurdles sets him apart from his peers.”
THE FUTURE: Robertson has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Ohio State University this fall.