High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Evan Chiplock

Michigan Boys XC ROY: Evan Chiplock

January, 23, 2012
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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Evan Chiplock


School: Heritage (Saginaw, Mich.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Chiplock raced to sixth at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships this past season with a time of 15:18. He finished 27th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and earned victories at the Spartan Invitational, the Don Baese Invitational, the Saginaw Heritage Invitational, the Lancer Invitational, the Kayla O’Mara Invitational, the Region I championships and the Mid-East Meet of Champions Qualifier.

Academic excellence: Chiplock has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered as an elementary school mentor and has served in student government.

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Eye on POY: Michigan boys cross country

January, 7, 2012
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?

Garret Zuk
Senior, Lakeland High (White Lake, MI)

2011 Team postseason standing: 5th (Div. 1)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:21.2

Bryce Bradley
Senior, Chelsea High (Chelsea, MI)

2011 Team postseason standing: 8th (Div. 2)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:20.6

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 34th—15:46

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