High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Wesley Gallagher

Massachusetts Boys XC ROY: Wesley Gallagher

January, 23, 2012
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: Wesley Gallagher


School: Pembroke (Mass.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Gallagher raced to the Division II individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:43, leading the Titans to second place as a team. The 2011 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Division II Runner of the Year, he earned third place and was the fastest Massachusetts competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 16:14.6. He qualified for the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Final, where he finished 70th in 16:13.

Academic excellence: Gallagher has maintained a 3.49 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An accomplished guitarist, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and as a summer camp counselor and lifeguard.

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Eye on POY: Massachusetts Boys Cross Country

January, 11, 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?

Jonathan Green
Junior, St. John's (Shrewsbury, MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fourth (Division I)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:41

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): Seventh—15:52.5
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 22nd—15:46

Wesley Gallagher
Pembroke, Pembroke (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second (Division II)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:43

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Third—16:14.6
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 70th—16:13

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.

Joel Hubbard: Senior, Marshfield (MA)
Colin Bennie: Junior, Wachusett (MA)
Stephen Robertson: Senior, Wakefield (MA)

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.