In its 37th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Noah Breker of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School is the 2021-22 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Player of the Year. Breker is the first Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
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Noah Breker started off the season hot with four wins in his first five races, but he saved his best for last in a couple of huge performances and the season's biggest upset performance. Breker's first win of the season was at the Milaca Mega Meet, but he saved his best for Sections. At the Section 6AAA Championship, he had the upset of the season defeating Sam Scott by 14 seconds with a then PR of 15:21. A week later he backed that up by finishing 2nd at state, and then another week later, he finished 2nd at NXR Heartland behind Gabe Hinrichs.
Breker finished second at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional Championships with a school-record time of 15:05.8 for 5K, breaking a mark that had stood for more than 50 years. Breker won four of his nine races and finished as runner-up three times, including at the Class AAA state meet. He also took 34th at the Eastbay Midwest Regional Championships.
Noah Breker 2021 Cross Country Season
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Breker has volunteered locally at the Twin Cities Marathon, and he has donated his time on behalf of multiple community service initiatives through his church. "Noah is the hardest-working runner I have ever coached," said Robb Stephens, head coach of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. "He is a student of the sport-constantly trying to learn more to improve his performance."
Previous winners of the award include: