A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Ahmed Bile
School: Annandale (Va.)
Athletic achievement: Bile raced to a second consecutive Group AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:16. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he placed second at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 14:38 and took 12th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:29.2, earning All-American honors in the process. The Runner of the Year as named by MileStat.com and The Washington Post, he earned 14th at the 2010 Foot Locker nationals as a junior.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Bile has maintained a 3.31 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to having served as secretary of his school’s Young Democrats of America chapter and participating in the model United Nations conference at the University of Virginia, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer instructor, as part of the annual Annandale parade and at electoral polling venues.
“In an era when athletes are obsessed with times, course records, website top-20 lists and being content with running personal bests, Ahmed Bile is a refreshing throwback to the days when a cross country runner’s one and only goal was to win the race,” said Annandale head coach David O’Hara. “Call me a purist, but the point of running a race is to win it regardless of time, and Ahmed does that quite often. Ahmed also never counts himself out of a competition and always believes he can win.”
THE FUTURE: Bile has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.