Minnesota Boys XC ROY: Josh Thorson

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: Josh Thorson


School: Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.)

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-foot


Athletic achievement: Thorson raced to the Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:29.9. A three-time First Team All-State selection, he earned sixth place and was the fastest Minnesota competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:38.5. He qualified for the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Final, where he finished 73rd in 16:15.

Academic excellence: Thorson has maintained an 11.49 GPA on a 12-point scale in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An accomplished vocalist in his school’s concert choir, he has served as the online editor of his school’s newspaper and has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Honor Society.


“Josh Thorson is as impressive an athlete as I have ever coached,” said Wayzata head coach Bill Miles. “He has been a leader of our team since his sophomore year and has proven to be someone who can step forward and say what needs to be said in order to motivate his teammates.”

THE FUTURE: Thorson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.