Bruce MacDonald Athlete of the Year

Named in honor of the 5-time Olympian (3x Athlete, 2x Coach), Bruce MacDonald (athlete bio), who initiated the inclusion of Race Walking in High School Track & Field in the US.


Year        Boys  St   Girls St
2019   Samuel Allen NJ   Taylor Ewert OH
2018   Jordan Crawford GA   Taylor Ewert OH
2017   Cameron Haught OH   Lauren Harris NY
2016   Cameron Haught OH   Anali Cisneros IL
2015   Cameron Haught OH   Anali Cisneros IL
2014   Anthony Peters IL   Ashleigh Resch OH
2013   Alexander Peters IL   Annica Penn NY
2012   Tyler Sorensen CA   Maite Moscoso FL
2011   Tyler Sorensen CA   Maite Moscoso FL
2010   Trevor Barron PA   Abby Dunn ME
2009   Trevor Barron PA   Allison Chin OH
2008   Trevor Barron PA   Catie Davis NY
2007   Ricardo Vergara
Roberto Vergara
TX   Jenna Monahan NY
2006   Ricardo Vergara
Roberto Vergara
TX   Heather Buletti NY
2005   Jared Swehosky OR   Katy Hayes WI
2004   Zachary Pollinger NJ   Maria Michta NY
2003   Zachary Pollinger NJ   Maria Michta NY
2002   Adam Staier ME   Maria Michta NY
2001   Benjamin Shorey ME        Robyn Stevens CA

How AOY is decided?

The combination of Indoor and Outdoor seasons are considered.

Athletes who compete across all distances and rank highly in them all are given a higher rating, because of versatility in many distances.

Championship event placings are generally given greater weight than fast times.

Head to head competition (win/loss) against similarly ranked athletes is a major factor and will outweigh slightly faster times.