This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who knows anything about running in Utah.
Judge Memorial senior Luke Puskedra received yet another honor, this time the Gatorade Utah Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. He received the honor last year, too. And it was only a few months ago that he won the Gatorade Utah Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year award.
He took the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races at the Class 3A state championship, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish. He becomes just the second athlete from Judge to receive the track honor, with Patrick Smyth (2004-05) being the first.
In the fall, Puskedra will attend the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship.
Here's a kid who, if you write down his workouts for one month and give him a specific time to hit, he wouldn't miss it, Judge coach Mattie Reed said in a release today. That's the type of mentality he has. He has the approach of a blue-collar runner. He thinks, 'I'm a least going to put it all on the line without holding back.' That's the attitude the American distance runners have lost. With Luke, he goes after the time. Whether he wins or loses is irrelevant, as long as he goes as hard as he can.
-- Chhun Sun