North Carolina Boys Track AOY: Craig Engels

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: Craig Engels


School: Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.)

Grade: Senior

Event(s): Middle-distance/distance

Height: 6-foot


Athletic achievement: Engels won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.43 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:18.24 at the Class 4A state championship meet this spring, leading the Raiders to a second-place finish as a team. MVP of the Class 4A meet, he also anchored the 4x800-meter relay quartet, which won in a time of 7:50.60.

Academic excellence: Engels has maintained a 4.16 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a soccer standout, he is a member of his school’s Earth Club and has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.


“Craig’s dominance of the middle distance events is unmatched,” said Ronald Reagan coach Chris Catton. “His range of events is incredible, and he’s also the leader of our team and an incredible young man.”

THE FUTURE: Engels has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at North Carolina State University this fall.