HS Boys Indoor Athlete Of The Year — Sam Affolder

Sam Affolder (Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, Virginia) dominated New Balance with his relay running. (JOHN NEPOLITAN)

TRADITIONALLY, OUR AOY VOTING, at all levels of competition, has downplayed any relay considerations. Our rationale is that big baton times are the work of 4 people not just a single person. But we have always recognized the value of impressive splits relative to open times, so thus it is that Sam Affolder (Loudoun Valley, Purcellville, Virginia) has come to be our choice as top prep boy of the indoor season. The fact that he ran on national record teams is irrelevant; what is relevant is that he had a sterling 4:06.21 on the DMR and an even better 4:06.19 in the 4 x Mile. And a 1:51.37 on the 4×8. His collection of times in open races was solid backup: 2:27.23 in the 1000 (No. 8 on the yearly list), 3:51.08 in the 1500 (No. 3), 4:09.68 in the mile (No. 6) and 9:11.74 for 2M (No. 16).

Honorable Mention: NBIN champions Micah Williams (Benson, Portland, Oregon), Mario Heslop (Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey) & Trey Knight (Ridgefield, Washington). Williams (6.60) moved to No. 3 on the all-time 60 list, Heslop (20.90) to No. 4 in the 200 and Knight (86-7½) to No. 2 in the weight. Knight also set a national record 67-11¾ with the international weight.