High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Madison Area Memorial

Maine Boys XC ROY: Matt McClintock

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: Matt McClintock


School: Madison Area Memorial (Madison, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: McClintock raced to a third consecutive Class C individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:00. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he placed sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 15:51.2 and 15th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:31.3. He earned third at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:39.

Academic excellence: Also a track standout, McClintock has maintained an A average in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of the Athens Craft Fair, the Madison Food Pantry and his school’s Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, in addition to donating his time as a youth athletic instructor.

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Eye on POY: Maine 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?

Nick Morris
Senior, Scarborough (Maine)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:46.81

Silas Eastman
Junior, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg, Maine)

2011 Team postseason standing: 9th (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:14.15

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Return of the ROY: Maine's Matt McClintock

October, 18, 2011
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 …

Name: Matt McClintock

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Madison Area Memorial (Maine)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-10

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Maine Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Runner of the Year as named by MaineTrackXC.com ... 2010 Foot Locker Northeast Regional 42nd-place finisher ... 2010 New England Cross Country Championships 57th-place finisher ... 2009 and 2010 Class C state meet individual champion ... 2009 New England Cross Country Championships 46th-place finisher ... 2008 Class C individual state runner-up

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