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: Mike Crozier
School: Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
Athletic achievement: Crozier finished 13th at the Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season, with a time of 15:41. He won the Maryland/D.C. Private School championship in 15:58 and earned victories at the Mercersburg Invitational, the Salesianum Invitational and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships. He also finished second at the Jesuit Championships and fourth at the NXN Southeast Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Crozier has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s student council, he has volunteered as a peer tutor and on behalf of local food drives.
“Mike has just continued to progress over the past two years and really led the way this year,” said Gonzaga College head coach John Ausema. “He’s truly been a team-oriented runner. He’s never attempted to take his training off in another direction or work out separately from everyone else.”
THE FUTURE: Crozier remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.