Shelley senior Austin Stewart was named Gatorade’s Idaho Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year on Friday for his accomplishments in 2015.
The Idaho State Journal’s 2015 boys cross country athlete of the year won his third state championship with a time of 16 minutes, 5.9 seconds, and guided the Russets to a second-place team finish. Stewart was a first-team all-state selection and placed 26th at the Foot Locker West Regional championships with a time of 16:18.6. The Weber State signee ran the second-fastest time in Idaho (15:31.5) less than a second slower than Noah Horsburgh of Mountain View. At the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships, Stewart paced all Idaho runners with a time of 16:16.1.
But Gatorade doesn’t honor student-athletes based on their athleticism alone. Gatorade’s athletes of the year demonstrate leadership in the classroom and volunteer consistently in the community. Stewart is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He also volunteers locally with his church youth group.
Stewart has one last chance to bolster his high school resume this spring in track and field, where he is gunning for a third individual state championship in the 1,600 and 3,200, and his first state championship in the 800.