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Back-to-Back Gatorade® Player of the Year

ANKENY, Iowa (February 12, 2019) - For the second year in a row, the Gatorade Company announced Ankeny High School's Tim Sindt as its Gatorade Iowa 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 field, distinguishes Sindt as Iowa’s best high school boys cross country runner.


The state’s returning Gatorade Runner of the Year, Sindt won the Class 4A state meet for a second-straight year this past season with a time of 15:36.0, leading the Hawks to a fifth-place finish as a team. He also set a state record at the Ankeny Invitational with his winning time of 14:51.5 as the first Iowa runner to break 15 minutes in a 5K race.  Sindt underwent heart surgery last February, but returned to the team less than seven months later. 


A member of the Ankeny High School choir and band, Sindt has volunteered locally doing yard work for disabled neighbors, and he has donated his time at multiple charity road races and triathlons.


Sindt has maintained a weighted 3.50 GPA as a senior in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at Iowa State University this fall.


The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.