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Crater's Monroe Wins Gatorade State XC Runner of the Year

Monroe becomes the first Comet in school history to earn the recognition.

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 5:13 PM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 5:19 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.--Andy Monroe, a two-time state champion for Crater High School and a Stanford University commit, has been named the state of Oregon's Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Monroe becomes the first runner from Crater to earn the recognition and joins North Medford's Drew Jordan and Phoenix's Elliott Jantzer as the winners from southern Oregon since the award's inception in 2007.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and
exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Monroe as Oregon’s best high school boys cross country

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior raced to his second consecutive Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:19, leading the Comets to the state title as a team. Monroe also won the Max King Invitational and the Midwestern League championships. He finished 39th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships.

"Andy was hurting at the end of the season, but he won in what was one of the best finishes ever at the state meet, and led our team to a state title. I’ve never met a kid as dedicated as he is. His presence and leadership infected the whole team,” head coach Justin Loftus said.

Monroe is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced later in the month. As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Monroe will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

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