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: Jacob Olson
School: Kearney (Neb.)
Athletic achievement: Olson earned second place at the Class A state meet this past season with a time of 16:04.1, leading the Wolfpack to the state title as a team. The 2010-11 Gatorade Nebraska Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he won the District A-1 championships, breaking the tape in 16:41.22. He also won the UNK High School Invitational with a time of 16:00.00.
Academic excellence: Olson has maintained a 4.32 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of his multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Kearney high has a long line of great runners and Jacob Olson is one of the hardest working ones I’ve seen,” said Kearney head coach Luke Garringer. “He has adopted the skill of leading his teammates to higher levels of success which is the true mark of a great athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Olson remains undecided upon a college destination.