New Jersey Boys Cross Country ROY: Nikhil Pulimood

New Jersey Boys Cross Country ROY: Nikhil Pulimood

Gatorade State Player of the Year

New Jersey Boys Cross Country ROY: Nikhil Pulimood


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THE WINNER: Nikhil Pulimood


School: West Windsor (N.J.)-Plainsboro South
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 135 pounds

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Group 4 individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:44. Pulimood also won the Sectional championship as well as the Mercer County championship and finished second at the state Meet of Champions, clocking a 15:42 over 5K. He took third at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships with a time of 16:05.2 and finished 21st nationally at the NXN Final, earning All-American status.

Academic excellence: Pulimood has maintained 3.94 GPA.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a Sunday school teacher.


“Nikhil has developed into one of the nation’s best despite very modest beginnings,” said West Windsor-Plainsboro South coach Kurt Wayton. “He exemplifies all that is best in sports. Determination, sacrifice, toughness, strong character and inner-strength are all qualities that come to mind.”

THE FUTURE: Pulimood has signed with Duke.



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