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: Evan Chiplock
School: Heritage (Saginaw, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: Chiplock raced to sixth at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships this past season with a time of 15:18. He finished 27th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and earned victories at the Spartan Invitational, the Don Baese Invitational, the Saginaw Heritage Invitational, the Lancer Invitational, the Kayla O’Mara Invitational, the Region I championships and the Mid-East Meet of Champions Qualifier.
Academic excellence: Chiplock has maintained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered as an elementary school mentor and has served in student government.
“Evan is the strongest person I know,” said Heritage head coach Gary Loubert. “The way he bounced back this year is very rare. He showed great spirit, determination and unselfishness.”
THE FUTURE: Chiplock remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.