High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jordan Travis

Mississippi Boys XC ROY: Jordan Travis

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: Jordan Travis


School: Poplarville (Miss.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Travis raced to a second consecutive Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:43.2. He placed fourth at the Amateur Athletic Union Cross Country National Championships in the Intermediate/Young level in 16:43.2 this past December. He captured third at the 2009 Class 4A state meet as a sophomore.

Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Travis has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a peer tutor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, as part of the National Beta Club and as a fundraiser for a campaign to deliver Christmas cards to the incarcerated.

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Eye on POY: Mississippi boys cross country

January, 17, 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?

Will Murphey
Sophomore, Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Class 6A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:27.0

Lucian Duchanne
Senior, Oxford (Miss.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:45.5

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