Eye on POY: Connecticut 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?

Connor Rog

Senior, Fairfield College Prep (Fairfield, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class LL)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:50

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 9th—16:03.1

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 18th—15:34.10

Harry Warnick

Senior, Fairfield Warde High (Fairfield, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class L)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:05

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 13th—16:20.4

Thomas Lupoli

Senior, Sheehan High (Wallingford, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 11th (Class MM)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:26

Daniel Maroney

Senior, Suffield High (Suffield, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class M)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:21

Brian Poirier

Senior, Northwest Catholic High (West Hartford, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class SS)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:11

Riley Maynard

Senior, Classical Magnet School (Hartford, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 17th (Class S)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:17

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 90th—17:59.2

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.

Muad Hrezi: Senior, Naugatuck High (Naugatuck, CT)

Jake Feinstein: Junior, Newtown High (Newtown, CT)

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 or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.