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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Eye on POY: Hawaii Boys Cross Country

By Joel Beck

The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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 athletes made a case in their state, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Troy Esaki
Senior, Iolani (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Third
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:29

Elliot Estrada
Senior, Leilehua (Wahiawa, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: First
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—16:54

Charles Akiona
Junior, Kamehameha (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fifth
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Third—17:02

Here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year during this 2011 campaign.

Dylan Martinez: Junior, Leilehua (Wahiawa, HI)
Rocky Balala: SR, Maui (HI)
Nicola Perez-Garre: Senior, Maui (HI)

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