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.
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THE WINNER: Tristan Colaizzi
School: Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the D.C. State Athletic Association individual championship this past season with a meet-record time of 17:12. The district’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Colaizzi also won the Mid-Atlantic Conference championship. He placed second at the DCXC Invitational, third at the Maryland/D.C. Private School championships and 19th at the Foot Locker South Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Colaizzi has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of charity road races and participated in mission trips to Ethiopia and the Navajo Nation.
“Tristan is remarkably talented, but his success comes mostly from hard work, great instincts and a fiery, competitive drive to push himself,” said Georgetown Day coach Anthony Belber. “His resilience has been even more impressive than his ability, and he’s inspired so many of his teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Colaizzi will attend Williams College this fall, where he will compete in cross country and track and field.