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: Jacob Thomson
School: Holy Cross (Louisville, Ky.)
Athletic achievement: Thomson raced to the Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:55.83. The 2011 Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Class A Runner of the Year, he earned seventh place and was the fastest Kentucky runner at the Foot Locker South Regional championships, crossing the line in 14:55. The 2011 First Team All-State selection qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where he finished 19th with a time of 15:42.
Academic excellence: Thomson has maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and his school’s environmental club, he has volunteered locally as a youth cross country coach.
“In the 28 years that I have been coaching, Jacob Thomson is the most intense and competitive runner I have ever encountered,” said Holy Cross head coach Richard Reynolds. “He is not satisfied with doing OK. He wants to do better than that and he frequently looks down the road and evaluates his work to see if he is improving.”
THE FUTURE: Thomson will begin his senior year of high school this fall.