Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country ROY: Thomas Howell

Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country ROY: Thomas Howell

Gatorade Player of the Year

Gatorade Florida Boys Cross Country ROY: Thomas Howell

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THE WINNER: Thomas Howell

THE BASICS

School: Niceville (Fla.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-10

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:19.6. Howell also won the District 1 Championships, the Region 1 Championships, the Gulf Coast Stampede and the Pace Patriot Invitational.

Academic excellence: Howell has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of church service-mission retreats.

THE PRAISE

“Thomas is not only our most accomplished runner, but he is also our hardest working and most team-spirited,” said Niceville coach Tom Durrenberger. “After completing his workouts, he always turns back around and encourages his teammates to work harder.”

THE FUTURE: Howell will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

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