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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Eye on POY: Alaska boys cross country

By Steve Ouellette

The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Kuba Grzeda
Junior, West Valley High (Fairbanks, AK)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:01

Miles Knotek
Junior, Seward High (Seward, AK)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 1-2-3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:23



Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Max Romey: Senior, Service High (Anchorage, AK)
John Klein: Senior, Grace Christian High (Anchorage, AK)
Kyle Hanson: Senior, Lathrop High (Fairbanks, AK)
David Francis: Senior, Juneau-Douglas High (Juneau, AK)
Cole Christiansen: Senior, Kodiak High (Kodiak, AK)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.