Eye on POY: Rhode Island 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?

Mike Marsella

Senior, Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:37.59

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 4th—16:14.7

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 19th—15:42.96

Dylan Verner-Crist

Senior, Barrington (R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class B)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:57.95

Patrick Butler

Senior, Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class C)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:42.80

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.

Trevor Crawley: Junior, Cumberland (R.I.)

Tyler Henseler: Junior, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)

Dan Kilcoyne: Senior, Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)

Jake Kilcoyne: Junior, Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.)

Michael Potter: Freshman, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)

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.