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: Malcolm Plunkett
School: South Burlington (Vt.)
Athletic achievement: Plunkett raced to the Division I individual state championship this past season with a course-record time of 16:56, leading the Rebels to third place as a team. He also earned victories at the Manchester Invitational and the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference Metro championships.
Academic excellence: Plunkett has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs and has participated in a service-mission trip to Ghana.
“Malcolm is extremely devoted to his running and his team, and he’s only going to get better with more experience, strength and continued confidence,” said South Burlington head coach Geoff Bennett. “He’s a great kid and a solid worker.”
THE FUTURE: Plunkett will begin his senior year of high school this fall.