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: Travis Neuman
School: Summit (Bend, Ore.)
Athletic achievement: Neuman raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:32, leading the Storm to the state title as a team. He earned victories at the Concordia Adidas Classic, the Harrier Classic and the Oxford Classic, while finishing seventh at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Neuman has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, he has volunteered on behalf of Sparrow Clubs USA and school environmental initiatives.
“Travis is incredibly hard-working and intelligent,” said Summit head coach Dave Clark. “He’s an absolute joy to coach and has been a very positive role model for his teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Neuman will begin his senior year of high school this fall.