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: Garret Zuk
School: Lakeland (White Lake, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: Zuk won the 3,200-meter run at the Division I state championship meet this spring with a time of 9:04.35. The Division I cross country champion in the fall, Zuk also won the 3,200 at the Midwest Meet of Champions.
Academic excellence: Zuk has maintained a 4.15 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Honor Society, he has served as a math tutor in his school and has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.
“Garret’s commitment and sportsmanship are unparalleled,” said Lakeland coach Joe Verellen. “He’s been the ideal athlete to coach. He listens, comprehends and puts into action everything you tell him.”
THE FUTURE: Zuk has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at Michigan State University this fall.