Colonial junior Andres Arroyo used track and cross country to learn english and position himself for college scholarship offers - OrlandoSentinel.com
All-area boys track: Colonial standout is mastering English en route to titles
The Colonial junior swept three track distance titles to go with his 4A cross country championship
Andres Arroyo of Colonial is the All-Central Florida boys track and field Athlete of the Year after recording the state's fastest times in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. (Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)
The statistics tell you plenty about how countless miles of cross country and track training have paid off for Andres Arroyo.
The Colonial junior had one of the greatest underclass campaigns in Florida distance running history. He dominated the Class 4A cross country championship in November, leading the Grenadiers to the state team title, and then accomplished a grueling state track meet sweep in the 1,600-meter run, 3,200 and 4 x 800 relay.
Arroyo, the Sentinel's All-Central Florida boys track and field Athlete of the Year, is the first area runner since at least 1990 to record the state's fastest times for the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. That elite status might date much further back, but honor-roll leaders before 1990 are not easily accessible.