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: David Patton Little
School: Starkville (Miss.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner’s winning time of 15:20.65 was the state’s fastest 5K among prep competitors this past season. Little took second at the Class 6A state meet with a time of 16:51.20, leading the Yellow Jackets to third place as a team, and placed 106th at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 16:33. He was runner-up in the 17-18 age group at the 2014 Southern Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships as a junior.
Academic excellence: Little has maintained a 3.95 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Starkville Mayor’s Youth Council, he has also volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth group and the Boy Scouts of America.
“Patton is an excellent choice for this distinguished award,” said Geary Howell, head coach at rival Madison Central High. “He is an outstanding young man who will bring honor to the Gatorade Player of the Year Program.”
THE FUTURE: Little remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.