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Eye on POY: California boys cross country

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?

Sergio Gonzalez

Senior, Arcadia High (Arcadia, CA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Div. 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:05

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 25th—15:49.7

Darren Fahy

Senior, La Costa Canyon High (Carlsbad, CA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Div. 2)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:03

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 1st—15:29.0

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 17th—15:33.7

Danny Martinez

Senior, St. John Bosco High (Bellflower, CA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Div. 3)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:11

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 17th—15:43

John Lawson

Junior, Sir Francis Drake High (San Anselmo, CA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 10th (Div. 4)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:20

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 17th—16:11

Billy Gaudreau

Senior, St. Margaret's Episcopal (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Div. 5)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:28

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 5th—15:42

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 34th—16:07

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.

Jonah Diaz: Senior, Palos Verdes High (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)

Dylan Blankenbaker: Senior, Ramona High (Ramona, CA)

Ryan Silva: Junior, Rincon High (Carpinteria, CA)

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.