All-Bee Athletes

Robert Leija

School: Parlier

Class: Junior

He's qualified because: Pulled the rare achievement of a section small-school athlete running in the large-school neighborhood – specifically with Clovis Unified standards – by winning the Central Section D-IV title in 16:35 before joining the 15-minute club by going 15:59 for 11th place in the CIF State D-IV final.

He began running as a freshman only because doctors said he couldn't play football that season after he split his head open in a swimming accident.

He said it: "He was just one of those runners with will and determination. And he seemed to be a better runner from behind than the lead. In the Valley, he led the whole time. But he actually ran better against a tough field when he had to chase. I look for big things from him next year." – Panthers coach Mario Salinas

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