Eye on POY: Maryland 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?

Scott Sheehan

Senior, Walter Johnson (Bethesda, MD)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 4A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:28.50

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 48th—16:04

Braden Bruning

Senior, Linganore (Frederick, MD)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second (Class 3A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:20

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Eighth—15:30

Austin McKinley

Senior, Rising Sun (North East, MD)

2011 Team postseason standing: Eighth (Class 2A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:20.90

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 31st—16:43

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.

Kevin Corbusier: Senior, Loyola Blakefield (MD)

Evan Laretta: Senior, Quince Orchard (North Potomac, MD)

Ryan Pfarr: Senior, Bohemia Minor (Chesapeake City, MD)

Hassan Omar: Senior, Governor Thomas Johnson (Frederick, MD)

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.