High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Sue Cleveland

New Mexico Boys XC ROY: Luis Martinez

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: Luis Martinez

THE BASICS

School: Sue Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Martinez raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:41.4, leading the Storm to the state title as a team. He won the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championships in 15:08.8 and finished 30th at the NXN Final. He also earned victories at the Clovis Invitational, the Lobo Invitational, the Rio Rancho Jamboree, the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, the Volcano Vista Invitational, the Santa Fe Capital Invitational and the Los Alamos Invitational.

Academic excellence: Martinez has maintained a 4.07 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an animal shelter and youth track programs.

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Eye on POY: New Mexico 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?

Luis Martinez
Junior, Sue Cleveland High (Rio Rancho, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:41.4

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 1st—15:08.8
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 30th—15:52.53

Jackson Thomas
Senior, Del Norte High (Albuquerque, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 4A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:22.85

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 8th—15:28.34
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 57th—16:04.17

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Eye on POY: New Mexico girls cross country

December, 29, 2011
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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?

Caroline Kaufman
Senior, East Mountain High (Sandia Park, NM)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class A-AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:24.35

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 35th—19:21

Rachel Fleddermann
Sophomore, Sandia Prep (Albuquerque)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:11.7

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 40th—19:24

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