ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia track and field signee and Athens Academy product Henry Dwyer has been selected as the Gatorade Georgia Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement from Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports.
Dwyer, a 6-1 distance runner, is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year announced later in June.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievements and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track.
“Henry has faced adversity and battled through it, and his work ethic has been incredible through it all,” said Athens Academy coach Tom Pee. “I’m so happy that things came together for him this year and his efforts paid such dividends.”
Bulldog distance coach Patrick Cunniff is anxious to add Dwyer to his lineup.
“I’m excited for how Henry and our whole incoming freshmen class has distinguished themselves,” said Cunniff. “He is an outstanding performer and who is the caliber of runner and person that we want involved with our program. I look forward to working with Henry and watching him continue to develop.”
Dwyer swept the 800-meter (1:55.74) and 1500 (a class-record time of 4:10.84) titles at the 2013 GHSA A-Private State Championships to cap his high school career. He also won the 800 at the GHSA Sectionals with a 1:54.99 and clocked a personal best to win the 800 (1:54.48) at the 2013 Area Qualifier while also finishing first in the 1600. Dwyer took fourth in the 5000 (16:34.84) at both the 2011 and 2012 GHSA Cross Country Championships and earned Athens-Banner Herald’s 2011 and 2012 All-Northeast Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year honors.
Dwyer has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom. Away from campus, he volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and participated in a mission trip to rebuild a day-care center in an underprivileged community.