Maine Boys Cross Country ROY: Paul Casavant

Maine Boys Cross Country ROY: Paul Casavant

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Maine Boys Cross Country ROY: Paul Casavant

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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: Paul Casavant

THE BASICS

School: Hampden Academy (Hampden, Maine)
Grade: Junior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 135 pounds

Athletic achievement: He finished second at the Class A state meet this past season with a time of 16:31.26, leading the Broncos to a third-place finish as a team. Casavant placed 20th at the New England High School Interscholastic Cross Country Championships, the highest Maine finisher. A member of the Portland Press Herald All-State team, he won four of eight races on the season.

Academic excellence: Casavant has maintained an A average and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: A black belt in Shotokan Karate, he has volunteered locally as a freshman mentor and as a youth running coach.

THE PRAISE

“Paul Casavant is the most complete runner I have ever coached,” said Dick Balentine, head coach of Hampden Academy. “He is the heart and soul of our cross country team, leading by example every day with his enthusiasm and work ethic.

THE FUTURE: Casavant will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

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