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: Conner Smock
School: Lisbon (Iowa)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: Smock won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:26.13, the 3,200-meter run in 9:37.06 and anchored the first-place 4x400-meter relay in 3:35.48 this spring, leading the Lions to a third-place finish as a team at the Class 1A state meet. A three-time WaMaC Conference Athlete of the Year, he became just the seventh athlete in the 106-year history of Iowa high school track and field to win the 3,200 all four years of his prep career.
Academic excellence: Smock has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An accomplished tuba player in his school’s concert band, he is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the Boy Scouts of America.
“Conner Smock is well-known for always waiting at the finish line after his races and shaking hands and hugging each and every runner he competes against,” said Lisbon head coach Shane Amundson. “He is a far better person than he is an athlete and he is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Smock has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at Bradley University this fall.