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: Troy Esaki
School: Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Athletic achievement: Esaki raced to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:29.0, leading the Raiders to third place as a team. The 2011 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Runner of the Year, he won the ILH individual title, breaking the tape in 17:01.23.
Academic excellence: Esaki has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered as an assistant with his school’s maintenance and security department.
“Troy Esaki was our best runner for three consecutive years,” said Iolani School head coach James Rubasch. “He has been an inspiration to our younger athletes to truly be the best runners possible. For him, no practice was too hard and no challenge was left open.”
THE FUTURE: Esaki remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.