High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Michael Clevenger

Illinois Boys XC ROY: Michael Clevenger

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: Michael Clevenger


School: MacArthur (Decatur, Ill.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: Clevenger won his second Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:26. He finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional championships in 15:56.8, took third at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships with a time of 15:11 and earned 25th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Academic excellence: Clevenger has maintained a 4.46 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports teams and the Macon County Teen Court program.

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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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