Wisconsin Boys Cross Country ROY: Finn Gessner

Wisconsin Boys Cross Country ROY: Finn Gessner

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Wisconsin Boys Cross Country ROY: Finn Gessner


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.

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THE WINNER: Finn Gessner


School: La Follette (Madison, Wis.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 135 pounds

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Division 1 individual championship this past season with a time of 15:44.6, leading the Lancers to a second-place finish as a team. The 2015 Wisconsin State Journal Area Runner of the Year, Gessner took fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:14.2. He went on to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals Final, where he finished eighth in 15:18.2. He also cruised to an eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships with a time of 15:17.1, qualifying for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and crossing the line in 11th-place with a time of 15:29. One of only six runners in the country to compete in both national title races, he earned All-American honors in each.

Academic excellence: Gessner has maintained a 3.49 GPA.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and as a track & field coach.


“Finn Gessner can really run and he makes it look easy,” said Brad Seely, head coach at D.C. Everest High. “He shows a lot of maturity for a junior. It will be exciting to see what he can do in the future. I just wish he was on my team instead.”

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


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