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Faces in the Crowd

May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014

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May 26, 2014

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Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Nathan Rodriguez | Chandler, Ariz. | Track

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Nathan, a Corona del Sol High senior, won the 800 (1:52.97), 1,600 (4:11.10) and 3,200 meters (9:07.38) and anchored the winning 4 ... 800 to lead the Aztecs to the Division I state title. In April he won the mile at the Mt. SAC Relays and was second at the Arcadia Invitational. Nathan was also this year's D-I cross-country champ. He will run at Iowa State.

Tate Schroeder | Centennial, Colo. | Tennis

Tate, a sophomore at Arapahoe High, beat defending champion Rebecca Weissmann of Loveland High 6--4, 6--3 to win the Colorado 5A championship. The team dedicated its season to Arapahoe student Claire Davis, who was killed in a school shooting in December. Tate, the fourth-place finisher last year, wore sneakers that read PLAY FOR CLAIRE.

Abu Danladi | Solvang, Calif. | Soccer

Abu, a native of Anaji, Ghana, and a senior striker at Dunn School in Los Olivos, was named the national Gatorade soccer player of the year. He had 25 goals and 15 assists to lead the Earwigs (9-3-2) to the Southern Section Division VI tournament. Voted team MVP three times, Abu is College Soccer News's 22nd-ranked recruit. He will play at UCLA.

Annika Dries | Laguna Beach, Calif. | Water Polo

Dries, a senior two-meter player at Stanford, scored a hat trick in a 9--5 win over UCLA to lead the Cardinal to their third NCAA title in four years. She was named the tournament's most valuable player. A finalist for the Cutino Award, collegiate water polo's highest honor, Dries helped the U.S. women's team to its first gold medal, at the 2012 London Games.

Justin Walker | Slidell, La. | Track

Walker, a senior at Northwestern State, won the 100 meters in 9.95 seconds with a 2.5-meters-per-second tailwind at the Southland Conference championships for the best all-conditions time in the nation this year. He also won the 200 (20.47) and ran a leg of the Demons' gold medal 4 ... 100 relay (39.89).

Claire and Chloe Gruenke | New Baden, Ill. | Track

Claire and Chloe, twin eighth-graders at Wesclin Junior High, finished the 800 meters in last place together at the Southern Illinois Class L state junior high meet after Chloe strained her right-quad muscle and Claire carried her the final 370 meters, piggyback-style. Earlier Claire won the mile by .05 in 5:23.53.

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PHOTOSOUTHWEST PORTRAITS (RODRIGUEZ)PHOTOROB HAWTHORNE (SCHROEDER)PHOTOSHERRIE PETERSEN (DANLADI)PHOTOSTANFORD ATHLETICS (DRIES)PHOTOGARY HARDAMON/NORTHWESTERN STATE (WALKER)TWO PHOTOSTED CRAIL (GRUENKE TWINS)