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: Eric Walz
School: Dulaney (Timonium, Md.)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 130 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 4A West Regional individual championship this past season with a time of 16:06.05, leading the Lions to a state title as a team. The 2015 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Boys Runner of the Year, Walz also took 10th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:29.
Academic excellence: Walz has maintained a 4.27 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Key Club and an editor of his school’s newspaper, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Gazelle Foundation in addition to serving as a member of his school’s leadership board.
“Eric Walz is among the top athletes that I have coached in my 19-year coaching tenure,” said Dulaney High head coach Chad Boyle. “He separates himself from his competitors with a combination of a relentless training regimen and a tenacious competitive desire that makes him difficult to defeat in races. He is at his best on the most difficult courses which is a credit to his competitiveness.”
THE FUTURE: Walz remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.