High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rock Springs

Eye on POY: Wyoming boys cross country

January, 16, 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?

Ricky Faure
Sophomore, Rock Springs (WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:43.91

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 23rd—16:18.3

Oliver Scofield
Senior, Jackson Hole (Jackson, WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:51.68

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 67th—16:55.5

Alejandro Garcia
Senior, Pine Bluffs-Burns (Pine Bluffs, WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second (Class 2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—17:41.03

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Michael Kesy: Junior, Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, WY)
Raider Nelson: Senior, Glenrock (WY)
Alvin Spoonhunter: Junior, Wyoming Indian (Ethete, WY)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.

POY Potential: Wyoming All-State volleyball

October, 31, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections as named by the Wyoming Coaches Association are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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