Eye on POY: West Virginia boys cross country

The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Jacob Burcham

Junior, Cabell Midland (Ona, W.Va.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class AAA)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:47.59

Andrew Shaffer

Senior, Richwood (W.Va.)

2011 Team postseason standing: DNQ (Class AA-A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:27.3

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Eric Graf: Senior, Jefferson (W.Va.)

Will Shaffer: Junior, Scott (W.Va.)

Peter Schwarzenberg: Senior, Preston (W.Va.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.