Delaware Boys Cross Country ROY: Kevin Murray

Delaware Boys Cross Country ROY: Kevin Murray

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Delaware Boys Cross Country ROY: Kevin Murray

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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: Kevin Murray

THE BASICS

School: Charter School of Wilmington (Wilmington, Del.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 135 pounds

Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Division I individual state championship with a course-record time of 15:20.60 this past season, leading the Force to a state title. Presented the Victor A. Zwolak Award as the state’s Runner of the Year by the New Castle County Coaches Association, Murray took second at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in a state-record 15:06.80, and then placed 34th at the NXN Final in 15:41.80. He finished unbeaten against in-state competition in 2015.

Academic excellence: Murray has maintained a 4.37 weighted GPA.

Exemplary character: He is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and has traveled to Taiwan as part of a student exchange program. A member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations club, Murray has volunteered at a local road race and on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also participated in the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program and West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience.

THE PRAISE

“I was most impressed with the fearless nature of his racing,” said Mike Mooney, head coach at rival Newark High. “It is easy to see that Kevin has great belief in himself and the will to really test his limits. This has been an inspiration to all. The fact that he has done so with such humility and grace is reason for this recognition.”

THE FUTURE: Murray will attend the Naval Academy in the fall.

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