High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Nick Ryan

New York Boys Track AOY: Nick Ryan

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Nick Ryan

THE BASICS

School: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ryan won the 1,600-meter run with a meet-record time of 4:05.24 and captured the 3,200-meter run in 9:03.81 at the New York state championship meet this spring. His winning trip in the 1,600 is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. He is also the state’s reigning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Academic excellence: Ryan has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and a youth arts program.

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New York Boys XC ROY: Nick Ryan

January, 23, 2012
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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: Nick Ryan

THE BASICS

School: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ryan raced to the Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:28.4, leading the Hornets to the state title as a team. He won the Nike Cross Nationals New York Regional championships in 15:59.10 and was fifth nationally at the NXN Final, with a time of 15:30.41. He also earned victories at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational and the Section III championships.

Academic excellence: Ryan has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and a youth arts program.

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Eye on POY: New York boys cross country

January, 10, 2012
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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?

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File photo/ESPNHSNick Ryan won the Class A state meet.
Nick Ryan
Junior, Fayetteville-Manlius High (Manlius, NY)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:28.4

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 1st—15:59.10
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 5th—15:30.41

Dan Lennon
Senior, Peru High (Peru, NY)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class B
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:55.1

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 2nd—15:45.4
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 21st—15:44

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