North Carolina Boys Cross Country ROY: Jeremy Brown

North Carolina Boys Cross Country ROY: Jeremy Brown

Gatorade State Player of the Year

North Carolina Boys Cross Country ROY: Jeremy Brown

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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: Jeremy Brown

THE BASICS

School: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 145 pounds

Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Brown raced to a second straight Class 4A individual state championship this past season, leading the Capitals to second place as a team. The distance runner took fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 15:19.80, and then finished 85th at the NXN Final in 16:05.90. He earned All-State honors in each of his four prep seasons.

Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.63 weighted GPA.

Exemplary character: In addition to hosting professional athletes for the Sir Walter Miler event, he has completed more than 100 hours of community service on behalf of his school, including his participation in Broughton High’s peer-mentoring initiative.

THE PRAISE

“Jeremy represented North Carolina proudly,” said Broughton head coach David Christian, the 1998-99 Gatorade Kentucky Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. “Jeremy has shown that dedication and hard work as well as the correct preparation, desire and fuel can go a long way toward making a champion.”

THE FUTURE: Brown has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at the University of North Carolina beginning this fall.

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