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CHICAGO — Duncan Hamilton of Bozeman High School is the 2017-18 Gatorade Montana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Hamilton is the fourth runner from Bozeman to win the award. Teammate Camila Noe was recently announced as the girls winner.

The senior earned second-team All-American status by finishing 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals Final. Hamilton also finished second at the NXN Northwest Regional championships and at the Class AA state meet, where he led the Hawks to a 10th-straight first-place finish. His clocking of 15:16.9 over 5K at the NXN regional is a state record.

A member of Bozeman High’s National Honor Society, Hamilton has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service initiatives through the Boy Scouts of America, where he has earned Eagle Scout status.

“Duncan clearly puts in the work to be a dominant force on the cross country course,” said Sarah Lord, head coach at Billings Senior. “He doesn’t get rattled by the competition and he seems to really trust in his training and his race strategy.”

Hamilton has maintained a weighted 4.22 grade-point average. He has signed a national letter of intent to run cross country on scholarship at Montana State this fall.

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