Cheserek, senior track and cross country runner, said coming from Kenya to the U.S. has been a big change but that hasn’t stopped him from winning several national championships in individual and relay events.
“Winning multiple championships makes me feel good to be one of the best in the country,” he said. “I want to run successfully in college and run in the Olympics.”
Cheserek ran the second-fastest indoor mile by a high school student, 4 minutes 2.21 seconds, and ran the fastest indoor 5,000 meters by a high school student, 13:57.04, this year.
He attributed his positive attitude and athletic success to the motivation and encouragement he received from his coaches and other athletes.
“The National High School Coaches Association is proud to recognize this young man for his outstanding performances in athletics, academics and in the community,” said Bobby Ferraro, Jr., executive director of the NHSCA. “It’
"Edward is an outstanding example of what a leader and student athlete should represent,” said Jana Thomas, multi-media advertising manager at GTM Sportswear. “We are honored to be able to present the GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Year Award to Edward in response to his commitment and dedication to his sport, his team and his community.”
The NHSCA and GTM Sportswear honor one deserving high school athlete each month. NHSCA coaches nominate commendable athletes through the NHSCA website at www.nhsca.com. Each month six finalists were selected by the NHSCA and presented via ballot to a group of high school sports writers, high school coaches, NHSCA and GTM® representatives to choose the winner. Out of the eight recipients of the monthly award, one athlete is chosen as the GTM® Sportswear Athlete of the Year.
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