Eye on POY: New Mexico boys cross country

January, 10, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Luis Martinez
Junior, Sue Cleveland High (Rio Rancho, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:41.4

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 1st—15:08.8
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 30th—15:52.53

Jackson Thomas
Senior, Del Norte High (Albuquerque, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 4A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:22.85

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 8th—15:28.34
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 57th—16:04.17

Herbert Beyale III
Senior, Shiprock High (Shiprock, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:30.70

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 54th—16:21.21

Antonio Varela
Senior, Pecos High (Pecos, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 1A-2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:59.65

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 31st—16:25

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 11th—15:32.94

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Andres Gonzales: Senior, St. Michael's High (Santa Fe, NM)
Hunter Firebaugh: Senior, La Cueva High (Albuquerque, NM)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.

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