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: Austin Stewart
School: Shelley (Idaho)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:05.9, leading the Russets to a second-place finish as a team. A three-time First All-State selection, Stewart took 26th at the Foot Locker West Regional championships, crossing the line in 16:18.6. He was also the fastest Idaho competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships with a time of 16:16.1.
Academic excellence: Stewart has maintained a 3.50 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 his church youth group.
“Austin Stewart is an extremely self-motivated and dedicated runner,” said Shelley High head coach Ryan Campbell. “He helped build our program into an annual state title contender and he has inspired youth athletes in the community not only to run, but also to aspire to greatness.”
THE FUTURE: Stewart has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Weber State University beginning this fall.