From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior distance runner, Telstar Regional (Bethel, Maine)
Greatness Present: In eighth grade, Holt-Andrews abandoned baseball, basketball, football, golf and soccer for running—a seemingly strange choice in an area that doesn’t have an indoor track facility to facilitate training throughout frigid Northeast winters.
This past weekend, though, the decision paid off, as the Telstar senior’s talent took him to sunny San Diego, where he placed 10th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:30.
Last month, Holt-Andrews won the Class C state meet in 17:00.87, placed third at the New England Championships in 15:12.90 and finished fifth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 15:36.8.
Greatness Past: As a junior in 2012, Holt-Andrews placed second at the Class C state meet, fifth at the New England championships and 22nd at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships.
On the oval this past spring, he swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events in addition to anchoring the winning 4×800-meter relay squad at the 2013 Class C state track and field meet.
Greatness Future: Holt-Andrews remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year races aren’t over, and the National ROY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.