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Miles Unterreiner
Gig Harbor High School

    You might say that Miles Unterreiner simply outdistanced himself from the field to become the 2008 Columbia Bank and TAC Male High School Athlete Of The Year.
    The competition was excellent but Miles had a "triple crown" and a 4.0 grade point average to outrace all contenders. It all started in the Fall when Miles set four course records and won the Narrows League, West Central District and Washington State 4A Cross-Country Titles. He was undefeated in state of Washington meets, losing only at the Bob Firman Invitational in Boise, Idaho. His time of 15:39 for a 5 kilometer course was 22 seconds better than any other state performer in any classification. No other athlete bettered 16:00. He was named the "Gatorade Player of the Year" in Cross-country as the top athlete in his sport in Washington. In the Spring he came away with two individual championships at the 4A State Track & Field Championships in Pasco. He won the 1600 in a time of 4:13.72 and the 3200 in a time 9:13.51. In the latter he opened-up a lead of 50 meters and was never challenged. In the 1600 he outlasted the defending state champion for a distance sweep. During the season he lowered the school record twice in the rich distance running history of Gig Harbor with a time of 9:02.68. Out of school he won the Oregon-Washington Nike Borderclash, matching the two state's top runners. He also finished 5th in the West in the Foot Locker Nationals, rating him one of the top 38 Cross Country Athletes in the nation (akin to being a High School McDonald's All-America in basketball). What's ahead for Miles as a National Merit Scholar? An athletic scholarship to one of the nation's most prestigious schools. That would be Stanford. It's in the Cards and he's been "Miles" ahead along the way.