In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jonathan Green of St. John's High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Green is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from St. John's High School.
The 5-foot-10, 145-pound senior raced to his second straight Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:29.6. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Green earned second place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:36.8. He went on to finish 22nd at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:45.
Green has maintained a B average in the classroom. A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth cross country and track and field coach.
“I am extremely impressed by everything I have seen from Jonathan Green,” said Brian Wallace, head coach at Wachusett Regional High. “We have competed against him quite a bit and he always approaches the sport with class in addition to being an exceptional runner.”
Green has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.
Green joins Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year Wesley Gallagher (2011-12, Pembroke High School), John Murray (2010-11, Shrewsbury High School), Patrick McGowan (2009-10, Mansfield), Mike Moverman (2008-09, Oliver Ames), and Robert Gibson (2007-08, Brookline) as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.
Here are the winners from the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: HENRY WYNNE, STAPLES
The 6-foot-3 senior raced to the State Open championship this past season with a time of 15:49. Wynne also captured the Class LL state title, also in 15:49, and finished first at the Wickham Park Invitational, the Windham Invitational and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships.
Wynne has maintained a 3.20 GPA in the classroom. A student ambassador in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of community road races.
“You won’t find anyone who works harder or is more dedicated to reaching his goals,” said Staples head coach Laddie Lawrence. “He’s established several school records and he’s knocking on the door of several more.”
Wynne has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at the University of Virginia beginning this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: TREVOR CAWLEY, CUMBERLAND
The 5-foot-8 senior raced to the All-State Meet individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:39.47, leading the Clippers to fifth place as a team. A First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, Crawley also won the Class A individual title in 15:52.20. Crawley captured second place at the New England Championships with a time of 16:14.21, placed sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships in 15:47.3 and finished 38th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. He concluded his senior season unbeaten against Rhode Island competition.
Also a track standout, Crawley has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to participating in the National Guard’s youth leadership program, he has volunteered on behalf of Cumberland’s recreation department, where he has also donated his time as a youth track and soccer instructor.
“Trevor is a very dedicated, internally motivated young man,” said Cumberland head coach Thomas Kenwood. “He wants to win and pushes himself each and every day in practice and races. He is goal-oriented, sets high standards for himself and so far has attained the goals.”
Crawley remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: JEREMY BRASSARD, COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY
The 6-foot junior raced to the Meet of Champions individual title this past season with a time of 15:46.1. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, Foster’s Daily Democrat and New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association, Brassard also won the Division II individual championship in 16:08. Brassard captured a state-best 19th place at the New England Championships in 16:52.77 and finished 74th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 17:11.7. He concluded the regular season unbeaten against New Hampshire competition.
Also a track standout, Brassard has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as part of food drives and community cleanup efforts, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, the Special Olympics, Court Appointed Special Advocates and The Way Home, an affordable-housing non-profit.
“Jeremy has overcome challenges not only to become one of the best athletes in the Northeast, but more importantly, has learned the value of citizenship and has given back tenfold,” said Coe-Brown coach Tim Cox. “Running-wise, while working a full-time camp counselor job away from home this past summer, Jeremy would do most of his training at 5 a.m. This is what separated him athletically from his peers.”
Brassard will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
MAINE: DANIEL CURTIS, ELLSWORTH
The 5-foot-11 junior raced to the Class B individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:47.52, leading the Eagles to fourth place as a team. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Curts placed 17th at the New England Championships in 16:49.88 and finished 25th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 16:20.8. He captured third place at the 2010 and 2011 Class B state meets in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Also a track standout, Curts has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. In addition to donating hundreds of hours as a summer camp counselor, he has volunteered at the annual Mount Desert Island Marathon and as part of Welcome to My Home, a homelessness outreach and advocacy initiative.
“With his enthusiasm and work ethic, people just follow him,” said Ellsworth athletic director Jay Brown. “He’s a leader on the team. Along with Dan being a great athlete, he’s a great representative of our school. He’s so appreciative of all his accolades and everything he’s achieved. By the same token, he’s an ambassador for our school. The things he’s done are great for us. He gives our school a great name. He doesn’t have a bad quality about him.”
Curts will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
VERMONT: DANIEL GROSVENOR, MONTPELIER
The 5-foot-8 senior raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:39.3, leading the Solons to fifth place as a team. Grosvenor finished 10th at the New England Cross Country Championships and captured 13th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships. He earned victories at the Essex Invitational, the Woods Trail Run and the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference Mountain Division Championships.
Grosvenor has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and a wilderness safety instructor. He has also served on his school’s student council.
“Daniel had an extraordinary 2011, his first year running cross country, and he made significant improvement this year as a senior,” said Montpelier coach Tim Noonan. “He was committed, enthusiastic and a hard worker throughout the season.”
Grosvenor remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.