2019 - 2020 MISSISSIPPI
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CHRISTIAN
BALCER
DISTANCE RUNNER
EAST CENTRAL HS
MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI
JUNIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-3
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 15:50.60
MHSAA 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1ST - 15:50.28
MHSAA SOUTHERN REGIONAL
1ST - 16:02.31
MC WATSON FORD INVITATIONAL
62ND
FOOT LOCKER SOUTH REGIONAL
“Christian Balcer is a talented distance prospect with his senior season still in front of him. He was undefeated against his fellow Mississippians, clocked the state’s fastest time and won his 5A title by an incredible 59.1 seconds, improving his performance at Choctaw Trails by nearly 90 seconds from the year before.”
Erik Boal
Editor for DyeStat.com

Athletic Excellence


The 6-foot-3, 150-pound junior distance talent won the MHSAA 5A state title this past season, breaking the tape in 15:50.60—nearly a minute ahead of his next-closest competitor—to clock the fastest all-class time of the day and lead the Hornets to a fourth-place finish as a team. Unbeaten by an in-state opponent last fall, Balcer won the MHSAA Southern Regional Championships in a personal-best 5K time of 15:50.28 and picked up a victory at the MC Watson Ford Invitational in 16:02.31. A 2019 Clarion Ledger First Team All-State selection, he capped his season at the Foot Locker South Regional championships, crossing the line as the top Mississippi finisher, in 62nd, with a time of 15:59.00.

Academic Achievement


Balcer has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


A member of East Central’s Future Farmers of America chapter, the Key Club, the student council and the school’s student-leadership group known as The Swarm, Balcer has volunteered on behalf of multiple community service initiatives with the Caswell Springs United Methodist Church Youth Group.