Leo Daschbach (Highland, So.)
800m -- 1:54.93 @ Bradshaw Mountain Invitational
1600m -- 4:10.64 @ AIA Division 1 State Championships
3200m -- 9:13.88 @ AIA Division 1 State Championships
Leo Daschbach put himself on the map during the cross-country season when he pulled off the upset for the D1 Boys State Title. Since running 4:16.60 at Chandler Rotary, Daschbach was the top-miler in Arizona. At the State Meet, he ran a school record of 4:10.64 in the 1600m to earn the Division I Boys State Title and is ranked #1 in the nation among sophomores, for 1600m specifically. He also anchored the Highland Hawks to a D1 State Title in the 4x800m and finished 3rd in the D1 Boys 3200m. Each of these boys is a State Champion and at least finished on the podium with a State Title or otherwise, but what sets Daschbach apart is his range across all three distance events.
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