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THE WINNER: Megan Sullivan
School: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to the Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:48.03, clocking the fastest time among North Carolina competitors and leading the Caps to third place as a team. Sullivan placed 55th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 19:05. She won four regular-season meets and recorded the state’s top time at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational.
Academic excellence: Sullivan has maintained a 3.66 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to annually completing more than 25 hours of community service for her school, including community clean-up efforts and a service-mission trip to the Dominican Republic, she has volunteered at the Lacy Elementary School Fall Festival. She also volunteered for the City of Oaks Marathon, at a peer-mentoring program for special needs students and as part of her church’s youth group.
“I inherited the girls' cross country and track head coaching position after six years of coaching the boys' team,” said Broughton head coach David Christian. “In doing so, I needed a leader and someone who could and would model the values and characteristics of success. Megan Sullivan has become that leader. She has not only been selected as the girls' track and cross country MVP, but she models that role exceptionally—not just as our top runner and state champion, but as a team leader and a true supporter of her teammates’ goals and successes.”
THE FUTURE: Sullivan will begin her senior year of high school next fall.