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: Andrew Jordan
School: Watkins Memorial (Pataskala, Ohio)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 120 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:54, leading the Warriors to sixth-place as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Jordan earned fourth-place at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 14:59.1 and qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where he finished sixth in 15:16.6.
Academic excellence: Jordan has maintained a 4.10 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered as a student ambassador at his school and served as the vice president of the student government.
“Andrew Jordan is probably the most impressive cross country runner I have ever coached against,” said Brian Sabol, head coach at Solon. “He was always by far and away the best, most complete runner in every race he competed in this past year. He is blessed with both speed and endurance.”
THE FUTURE: Jordan has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Iowa State University beginning this fall.