Oklahoma Boys Cross Country ROY: Isai Rodriguez

Oklahoma Boys Cross Country ROY: Isai Rodriguez

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Oklahoma Boys Cross Country ROY: Isai Rodriguez

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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: Isai Rodriguez

THE BASICS

School: Ringwood (Okla.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 120 pounds

Athletic achievement: He won the Class 2A state meet this past season with a time of 15:27.78, breaking the tape 1:02.56 ahead of his next-closest competitor and leading the Ringwood-Lomega co-op team to a second-place finish. Rodriguez was undefeated in nine races, including a victory in the Oklahoma Cross Country Meet of Champions in 16:08.56.

Academic excellence: Rodriguez has maintained a B-plus average.

Exemplary character: A member of his local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, he volunteers locally with the Ringwood High Pep Club. He has also donated his time mowing lawns for area families in need.

THE PRAISE

“Isai’s time at state is something I have never seen before in 20 years of coaching,” said Chad Hutchison, head coach of Cherokee High. “He carries himself with great humility and sets a good example for those around him to follow. While on the course, he sets a blistering pace that some make the mistake of trying to duplicate but burn out and fade.”

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

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