High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Leland Later

Eye on POY: Illinois 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?

Leland Later
Senior, New Trier High (Winnetka, IL)

2011 Team postseason standing: 11th (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—14:17

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 17th—15:34

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 10th—16:11.70

Michael Clevenger
Senior, MacArthur High (Decatur, IL)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 2A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—14:26

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 3rd—15:11
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 25th—15:50

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 2nd—15:56.8
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 87th—16:21.47

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