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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Eye on POY: Colorado 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?

Ty Williams
Senior, Telluride High (Telluride, CO)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Class 1A-2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:26.03

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 12th—15:26

Evan Fortney
Senior, Faith Christian Academy (Arvada, CO)

2011 Team postseason standing: 10th (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:44.56

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 112th—16:36.15

Alfredo Lebron
Senior, Moffat County High (Craig, CO)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:24.87

Kirk Webb
Senior, Monarch High (Louisville, CO)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:03.84

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 15th—15:47.11

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.

Danny Carney: Senior, Dakota Ridge High (Littleton, CO)
Gus Waneka: Senior, Thompson Valley High (Loveland, CO)
Tait Rutherford: Senior, Fort Collins High (Fort Collins, CO)

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.