Arkansas Boys Cross Country ROY: T.J. Sugg

Arkansas Boys Cross Country ROY: T.J. Sugg

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Arkansas Boys Cross Country ROY: T.J. Sugg

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The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For the complete list of Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: T.J. Sugg

THE BASICS

School: Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 145 pounds

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 7A individual state title this past season with a time of 15:48.8, leading the Wildcats to a third-place finish as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Sugg won the Missouri Southern Stampede in 15:22.2 and was the fastest Arkansas runner at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, crossing the line in 15:26.2 to take eighth.

Academic excellence: Sugg has maintained a 3.4.1 GPA.

 Exemplary character: An Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America and a member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of Family Legacy Missions as well as the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs youth education program run by the Future Fisherman Foundation.

THE PRAISE

“T.J. Sugg doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses in races,” said Har-Ber head coach Joe Crommett. “Whatever they throw at him, he is able to respond to. He’s strong throughout the race and his finishing kick is pretty amazing. I honestly don’t know how fast he can run, but he has a lot of untapped talent. He is one of those special athletes who doesn’t come along very often.”

THE FUTURE: Sugg remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

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