High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mike Marsella

Rhode Island Boys XC ROY: Mike Marsella

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: Mike Marsella


School: Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-foot-1


Athletic achievement: Marsella raced to the All-State Meet individual championship this past season with a time of 15:51, leading the Chargers to second place as a team. A First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, he won the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:26. He took fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 16:14.7 and finished 19th at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 15:42.96.

Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Marsella has maintained a 3.52 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of charity road races, community cleanup efforts, the Westerly Senior Citizens Center and the WARM Center to benefit the homeless.

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Eye on POY: Rhode Island 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?

Mike Marsella
Senior, Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:37.59

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 4th—16:14.7
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 19th—15:42.96

Dylan Verner-Crist
Senior, Barrington (R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:57.95

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