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.
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THE WINNER: Jordan Travis
School: Poplarville (Miss.)
Athletic achievement: Travis raced to a second consecutive Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:43.2. He placed fourth at the Amateur Athletic Union Cross Country National Championships in the Intermediate/Young level in 16:43.2 this past December. He captured third at the 2009 Class 4A state meet as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Travis has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a peer tutor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church, as part of the National Beta Club and as a fundraiser for a campaign to deliver Christmas cards to the incarcerated.
“He is a humble athlete who always puts God first,” said Poplarville head coach Eddie Walker. “He might not be the most talented athlete on the racecourse, but his heart and determination allow him to persevere.”
THE FUTURE: Travis remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.