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: Nick Ryan
School: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: Ryan raced to the Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:28.4, leading the Hornets to the state title as a team. He won the Nike Cross Nationals New York Regional championships in 15:59.10 and was fifth nationally at the NXN Final, with a time of 15:30.41. He also earned victories at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational and the Section III championships.
Academic excellence: Ryan has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and a youth arts program.
“Nick had a dominating year in every way,” said Fayetteville-Manlius head coach Bill Aris. “His results speak for themselves. He’s a fearless kid, but not egotistical. He’s very hard-working and humble, and always demands the best from himself.”
THE FUTURE: Ryan will begin his senior year of high school this fall.