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: Ahmed Muhumed
School: West Salem (Salem, Ore.)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 120 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:38. Muhumed also won The Invitational, the Northwest Classic, the Saxon Invitational and the Sandelie Classic. He took fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships and finished 40th at the NXN Final.
Academic excellence: Muhumed has maintained a 3.72 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has served as a mentor with the African Youth Community Outreach program.
“Ahmed is pretty amazing,” said West Salem coach Tom Jimenez. “As gifted as he is as a runner, he’s an even better person. He’s selfless and his primary goal is to help his teammates become better runners.”
THE FUTURE: Muhumed will begin his senior year of high school this fall.