Eye on POY: D.C. 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. The District of Columbia doesn't have a state meet, but the top finishers in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships and the Maryland/D.C. Private School Championships have certainly made a case for award consideration. Did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious honor?

Mike Crozier

Senior, Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 5th at MD/DC Private School Championships

2011 MD/DC Private School Championships (Place—time): 1st—15:58

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 4th—15:16.5

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 13th—15:41

Simon Gigli

Senior, Woodrow Wilson High (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st at DCIAA Championships

2011 DCIAA Championships finish (Place—time): 1st—17:57

Here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Sam Dodge: Junior, St. Albans School (Washington, D.C.)

Daniel Samet: Senior, Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)

Griffin Colaizzi: Sophomore, Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)

Tai Dinger: Sophomore, St. Albans School (Washington, D.C.)

Nathan Thompson: Senior, Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.)

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.