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: Michael Clevenger
School: MacArthur (Decatur, Ill.)
Athletic achievement: Clevenger won his second Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:26. He finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional championships in 15:56.8, took third at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships with a time of 15:11 and earned 25th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
Academic excellence: Clevenger has maintained a 4.46 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports teams and the Macon County Teen Court program.
“Michael puts in two-a-day runs and lifts weights, but he has his academic and athletic careers in the correct order,” said MacArthur head coach Angelo Rinchiuso. “He’s driven by competition in the classroom first and on the field second.”
THE FUTURE: Clevenger remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.