Maryland Boys XC ROY: Braden Bruning

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: Braden Bruning


School: Linganore (Frederick, Md.)

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Bruning raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:20.8, leading the Landers to second place as a team. A 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Metro selection, he took eighth and was the fastest Maryland competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:30.4.

Academic excellence: Bruning has maintained a 4.33 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A four-year member of his school’s marching band and jazz ensemble, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Honor Society and his church youth group, recently completing a service-mission trip to New Orleans.


“Braden Bruning has made himself one of the premier runners in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Linganore head coach Andres Wright. “At every juncture he motivated and encouraged our team to be better, treating all members with great respect.”

THE FUTURE: Bruning remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.