• 26-FEB-2016

2015-2016 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year Announcement

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Andrew Hunter of Loudoun Valley High School (Purcellville, Va.) was announced as the 2015-16 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. 2004 U.S. Olympian and American Mile Record Holder Alan Webb surprised Hunter with the news in the weight room in front of media, family, school staff and both of the school’s cross country teams. Later that afternoon, an assembly was held in the school’s auditorium in front of his classmates, family, teammates and coaches.

In addition to the above, the video is available on the Gatorade POY YouTube page: Drew Hunter 2015-2016 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year​​​​

About the Gatorade Player of the Year Program

In its 31th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Player of the Year Program recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.