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Northwest’s Zarate Named Gatorade Maryland Runner of the Year


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Northwest High School senior Diego Zarate has been selected as the 2014-15 Gatorade Maryland Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Zarate as Maryland’s best high school boys cross country runner.

Zarate is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced later this month. Zarate joins an elite alumni association of past state award winners in 12 sports, including Ryan Hall (1999-00, 2000-01, Big Bear HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Kevin Garnett (1992-93, Maudlin HS, S.C.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).