High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jake Leingang

North Dakota Boys XC ROY: Jake Leingang

January, 23, 2012
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Return of the ROY: Jake Leingang
Darrell Anderson/ESPNHSJake Leingang is the returning Gatorade North Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
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: Jake Leingang

THE BASICS

School: Bismarck (N.D.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Leingang raced to a second consecutive Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:59.80, leading the Demons to first place as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he placed second at both the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, in 15:26.58, and the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships, in 15:10. He captured fourth place at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:21.1 and took eighth at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 15:34.61

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Eye on POY: North Dakota boys cross country

January, 17, 2012
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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?

Jake Leingang
Junior, Bismarck (N.D.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—14:59.80

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 2nd—15:10
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 4th—15:21.2

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 2nd—15:26.58
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 8th—15:34.61

Ken Wells
Senior, Parshall (N.D.)

2011 Team postseason standing: DNQ (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:12.70

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 37th—16:14.78

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Return of the ROY: N.D.'s Jake Leingang

October, 20, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the ROY: Jake Leingang
Darrell Anderson/ESPNHSJake Leingang is the returning Gatorade North Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Jake Leingang

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: Bismarck (N.D.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-6

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade North Dakota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 ESPN RISE/DyeStat Cross Country Top 25 series Honorable Mention selection ... two-time All-State qualifier ... 2010 Class A state meet individual champion ... 2010 Class A state meet team champion ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional fourth-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final 64th-place finisher ... 2009 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional 21st-place finisher ... 2009 Class A state meet fourth-place finisher

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