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Loudoun Valley High School’s (VA) Drew Hunter Named NHSCA Boys’ Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Monday, April 11, 2016  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Easton, PA – April 11, 2016 - The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Drew Hunter of Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia as its Senior National Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year.


This past season, Hunter capped a perfect cross county season by winning the Foot Locker National Championships.  The University of Oregon-bound Hunter won the national championship by setting a new course record in 14:55.70.  He was named All-Met Athlete of the Year by the Washington Post and was also named as the Gatorade Runner of the Year.


During the indoor track season, Hunter set and then reset the United States Record for the fastest indoor mile.  He’s only the second high schooler to break the four-minute mile indoors.


“We are extremely pleased to have Hunter as this year’s honoree in boys’ cross country,” said Bobby Ferraro, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “Hunter and the 20 young men and women we will be honoring throughout the 2015-16 school year represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics. They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them.”

 Photo Credits: Loudoun Times

Throughout 2016, the NHSCA will be honoring high achievers in the high school coaching community by naming Senior National Athletes of the Year in a total of 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.  It’s the 17th straight year that the NHSCA has presented its Senior National Athlete of the Year Awards.


Each one of the honorees will receive a beautiful trophy. In addition, they will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Hunter is the first student-athlete from Virginia to win the NHSCA Boys' Cross Country Athlete of the Year award. 

Following are the NHSCA’s past selections for Senior National Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year.


2015 – Grant Fisher – Grand Blanc HS, Michigan

2014 – Taylor “Kai” Wilmot – North Central HS, Washington

2013 – Edward Cheserek, St. Benedict’s Prep, New Jersey

2012 – Futsum Zeinasellassie – North Central HS, Indiana

2011 – Lukas Verzbicas – Sandburg HS, Illinois

2010 – Wade Meddles – Sierra Lutheran HS, Nevada

2009 – Reed Connor – The Woodlands HS, Texas

2008 – Chris Derrick – Nesqua Valley HS, Illinois

2007 – Chad Hall – Big Bear HS, California

2006 – A.J. Acosta – El Camino HS, California

2005 – Andrew Bumbalough – Brentwood Academy, Tennessee

2004 – Matt Withrow – Andrew HS, Illinois

2003 – Chris Solinksy – Stevens Point HS , Wisconsin

2002 – Timothy Moore – Novi HS, Michigan

2001 – Dathan Ritzenheim – Rockford HS, Michigan

2000 – Donald Sage – York HS, Illinois

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