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: Dustin Wilson
School: Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Athletic achievement: Wilson raced to 13th place at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this past season with a time of 15:29.4. He won the Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship in 16:34.66 and earned victories at the Paul Short Run and the Briarwood Invitational. He finished fifth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Wilson has maintained 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered as a peer tutor and has served as co-editor of his school’s literary magazine.
“Dustin is an outstanding student as well as a runner,” said Chestnut Hill coach Paul Hines. “He’s willing to sacrifice individual glory and has really helped our younger athletes develop.”
THE FUTURE: Wilson will attend Columbia University this fall, where he will compete in cross country and track and field.