Choosing an athlete of the year for Livingston County boys’ track and field could come down to a matter of taste.

If you distance running is your thing, then Howell’s David Mitter and Pinckney’s Ryan Talbott bring strong credentials to the discussion.

If you believe that track and field meets are usually won from 400 meters on down, then you might favor Pinckney’s Connor Showich or Alex Wasyl.

If you prefer to emphasize the “field” in track and field, throwing sensation Paxton Titus of Livingston Christian is your guy.

Here is an alphabetical look at the five finalists for boys’ track and field athlete of the year:

David Mitter, Howell

Mitter is a great example of how hard work pays off. He didn’t show indications of being a star runner early in high school, running 10:53.48 to place 26th in the 3,200-meter run in the conference meet as a freshman and lowering the time to only 10:27.35 as a sophomore.

By his senior year, however, Mitter was one of the top distance runners in the state. After making All-State in his first state cross country meet in the fall, he ran a school-record 9:09.96 to finish fourth in the state Division 1 meet in the 3,200. Earlier that week, he ran 4:20.65 in the 1,600.

Connor Showich, Pinckney

A fixture on Pinckney’s sprint relay teams, which dominated their Livingston County competition. Showich ran the lead leg on the sixth-place 1,600-meter relay team and the 10th-place 800 relay team in the state meet.

The 800 relay time of 1:28.85 was a county record. Had times of 23.02 seconds in the 200 and 50.98 in the 400.

Ryan Talbott, Pinckney

After four years as one of the top distance runners in…