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.
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THE WINNER: Nathan Weitz
School: Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.)
Athletic achievement: Weitz raced to third place at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 15:20.5. He finished second at the Class 3A state meet in 14:59.3 and second at the Foot Locker West Regional championships with a time of 15:30. He also earned victories at the state’s regional championships, the Sundodger Invitational, the Meadlander Invitational and the Eric Anderson Invitational.
Academic excellence: Weitz has maintained a B Average in the classroom at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy (Spokane Valley, Wash.), where he attends high school and which does not offer a cross country program.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a Sunday school teacher and has participated in a service-mission trip to Zambia.
“Nathan is a remarkable runner who has a very savvy ability, at a young age, to know how to compete in a race,” said Shadle Park head coach Bruce Hafferkamp. “He’s very smart and humble, and he still has a lot of room to grow.”
THE FUTURE: Weitz remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.