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: Ty Williams
School: Telluride (Colo.)
Athletic achievement: Williams raced to his third consecutive Class 1A-2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:26.03, leading the Miners to fourth place as a team. He also won the St. Vrain Invitational, the Ron Keller Invitational, the Delta Invitational and the Region 4 championship. He was 12th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 3.30 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and has served as president of his county’s 4-H club.
“As a coach, I couldn’t dream of a better student-athlete to have on my team,” said Telluride head coach Keith Hampton. “Much of what he’s accomplished has come from his own personal drive and desire. In large part due to his efforts, the program has grown from nothing in 2008 to having nearly 30 kids out for the sport in 2011.”
THE FUTURE: Williams remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.