Eye on POY: Indiana 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. The winner of the state championship meet certainly made a case, but did he do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Futsum Zeinasellassie

Senior, North Central High (Indianapolis, IN)

2011 Team postseason standing: 12th

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—14:48.8

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 1st—14:58

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 2nd—14:52.1

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 1st—15:42.8

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 1st—15:02.41

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 Sublette: Senior, Columbus North High (Columbus, IN)

Sam Berger: Senior, Zionsville High (Zionsville, IN)

Mitchell Hubner: Senior, LaPorte High (LaPorte, IN)

Chris Kelsey: Senior, Columbus North High (Columbus, IN)

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.