Eye on POY: Oregon 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?

Joseph Ewers

Senior, Central Linn High (Linn, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: 9th (Class 1A-2A-3A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:02

Paul Adams

Senior, Mazama High (Klamath Falls, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 4A

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:48

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 69th—16:49

Travis Neuman

Junior, Summit High (Bend, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:32

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 7th—15:56.80

Kyle Thompson

Sophomore, Central Catholic High (Portland, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 6A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:41

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 10th—15:58.8

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.

Brian Eimstad: Senior, South Eugene High (Eugene, OR)

Alex Dillard: Senior, The Dalles-Wahtonka High (The Dalles, OR)

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.