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By Kent Larsen

LDS Student Chosen 'Athlete of the Week' For Sportsmanship And Athletics

WASHINGTON, DC -- Although Mike Heiner is one of the better high school runners in Northern Virginia, it wasn't his athleticism that won him Athlete of the Week. Instead, it was his concern for another athlete during the November 9th race. When another runner fell just 100 yards from the finish, Heiner stopped to help.

At the time, Heiner was in 32nd place in the race, behind Woodbridge High's Derek Grotheer, who fell. While most runners would have simply skirted the fallen Grotheer, Heiner stopped to help him, picking him up and carrying him across the finish line. The delay cost him dearly, leaving Heiner in 130th place for the race.

Despite the bad race, Heiner finihsed 14th for the meet. He is the fifth member of his family to run for Virginia's Centerville High School, behind brothers who were all chosen All-Met for the DC metropolitan area. Heiner has a 3.8 average and attends seminary each morning at 6 am. He also sings for his High School choir and for the choir in his local ward.


Athletes of the Week: Mike Heiner
Washington Post pgD09 8Dec00 S2


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