A senior at Laramie High School was recently given a state-wide honor for an incredible athletic season and school year.

Senior at LHS Albert Steiner recently won the Wyoming Gatorade Athlete of the Year award after becoming the 4A division state champion cross country runner, along with running the fastest time out of all of the divisions and showing leadership in the classroom.

The Gatorade Athlete/Player of the Year Award is given to an outstanding student-athlete that shows leadership on a team and in the classroom. The award is given nationwide state by state.

 Winners are given $1,000 to donate to a local organization of their choosing. The organizations can also be nominated themselves after the student picks them to win $10,000.

Steiner decided to donate his money to the Special Olympics of Wyoming, an organization that gives kids and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities the opportunity to compete in all types of sports.

“I chose Special Olympics of Wyoming because I am friends with many of the athletes and I love how the organization gives them a chance to compete,” Steiner said.

This award is a huge honor for all those who are nominated but to win the award is a pretty big deal.

“It is definitely a way to show a lot of work paying off,” Steiner said.

Steiner was nominated in the spring of 2017 after a great outdoor track season where he won the boys 1600 meter run but did not win the award. The award was given to a fellow track athlete McCade Johnson, a senior hurdler at the time. This gave Steiner a reason to work even harder to obtain this award.

“It was definitely my biggest goal going into the season so it was a relief to finally win,” Steiner said.

Steiner was nominated for the second time after coming off an incredible year for Steiner and the LHS cross country team. Steiner helped lead his team to their sixth straight 4A state championship.

Steiner ran a 15:55 minute 5k. This time won not only the 4A division but was the fastest time of the day in any division. This time helped lead to a 44-point team score and a very large margin of victory.

 Steiner shows this athleticism and leadership in many ways not just running. He is also an LHS Nordic skier who recently competed at the 4A state race getting fifth in the 5K skate race and third in the 10K classic race. This helped win the first LHS boys Nordic skiing 4A state championship.

The leadership demonstrated at these races and the leadership Steiner shows in the classroom helped secure the award for LHS and his organization.

Recently on the Feb. 26 Steiner was given the award along with a banner that will be hung in the school along with other winners from LHS.