Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Western International senior Juan Flores won his third consecutive Detroit Public School League boys’ cross country gold medal Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Belle Isle and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week for the third year in a row.
“He’s successful because he works at it every day,’’ Western coach Derrick McDowell said. “He’s real disciplined not only in cross country but off the field. He’s a member of ROTC and a real good student. He does a good job of setting an example and being a leader to the other guys.”
Flores was a soccer player before deciding to leave that sport and become a long-distance runner.
He earned his first Proud Strong Learner of the Week award as a sophomore and last spring was honored again after winning the 1600 meters and 3200 meters in the league track and field meet. Each of his cross country victories this fall was by a runaway margin and fortified his status as the PSL’s No. 1 runner.
“I think he should be able to get a scholarship to run cross country or track in college,’’ McDowell said. “He has the work ethic, the ability and the academics to compete at the next level. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get a scholarship because he definitely deserves one.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.