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: Daniel Peters
School: Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Athletic achievement: Peters raced to the Division II-AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:57.31, leading the Big Red to third place as a team. A three-time First Team All-State selection, he earned seventh place and was the fastest Tennessee competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:29.9.
Academic excellence: Peters has maintained a 4.03 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community, he is the president of his school’s Stock Market Club, a member of its Health and Nutrition Club and he has volunteered locally on behalf of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville and Catholic Charities of Tennessee.
“Daniel Peters overcame an Achilles injury to become arguably the best runner in the state by the end of the season,” said Montgomery Bell Academy head coach Roderick Russ. “He was not only our finest runner, he also took his leadership roll very seriously and pushed his teammates to train and compete hard.”
THE FUTURE: Peters remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.