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: Tanner Satterthwaite
School: Norman (Okla.)
Athletic achievement: Satterthwaite placed fourth at the Class 6A state meet this past season with a time of 15:57.26, leading the Tigers to the state title as a team. He was the top Oklahoma finisher at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships, placing 26th with a time of 16:21.35. He also won the Oklahoma Meet of Champions and the Oklahoma-Arkansas All-Star Cross Country Meet.
Academic excellence: Satterthwaite has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The treasurer of the Norman High Senior Class and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, he has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“He said all season that what mattered to him the most was winning the team title,” said Norman head coach Scott Monnard. “He specifically said he would give up his individual title for the team title. A lot of athletes say that but don’t mean it. He honestly meant it.”
THE FUTURE: Satterthwaite remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.