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: Nick Hartle
School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Athletic achievement: Hartle raced to his second consecutive Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:41, leading the Bulldogs to second place as a team. He also earned victories at the Sunset Region Championships, the Canyon Cowboy Invitational, the Larry Burgess Las Vegas Invitational and the Labor Day Classic. Hartle finished second at the Desert Twilight Festival and was third in the seeded race at the Stanford Invitational. He won both Gatorade Nevada Cross Country Runner of the Year and Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors as a junior.
Academic excellence: Hartle has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a charity thrift store and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“Nick has been an amazing team leader, helping us to two state titles and two runner-up finishes in four years,” said Centennial head coach Mike McGuire. “He’s gifted physically, but he also prepares extremely well and has always been willing to put in the hard work.”
THE FUTURE: Hartle remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.