2019 - 2020 MISSOURI
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
WES
PORTER
DISTANCE RUNNER
ROCKHURST HS
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-1
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 15:07.40
MSHSAA CLASS 4 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1.0346064814814815E-2
CLASS 4 SECTIONAL MEET
12TH - 15:26.10
NXN MIDWEST REGIONAL
“Wes is one of the most decorated runners in school history. He is willing to work in the weight room, on the track and hit the roads. He is constantly looking for ways to get better and loves the competitive moment. What speaks to me the most about Wes is his humility and kindness, which he freely shares with his teammates and classmates.”
Michael Dierks
Head Coach Head coach at Rockhurst High

Athletic Excellence


The 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior distance talent won the MSHSAA Class 4 state title this past season, breaking the tape in a course-record 15:07.40—13.9 seconds ahead of his next-closest competitor—and leading the Hawklets to a sixth-place finish as a team. A three-time All-State selection, Porter clocked the fourth sub-15 5K time in Missouri Prep history at the Class 4 Sectional meet (a personal-best 14:53.90), which ranks as the third-fastest time ever by a Missouri high school boy at that distance, according to MileSplitMO. Unbeaten by an in-state opponent in 2019, he also took 12th at the NXN Midwest Regional championships with a time of 15:26.10.

Academic Achievement


Porter has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall.

Exemplary Character


A participant in service-mission trips to Costa Rica and Cambodia, Porter has donated his time to the Harvesters food bank, Heartland Camp Friendship, a Native American community in Oklahoma and as a transportation assistant for elderly parishioners of the Second Presbyterian Church. He has also volunteered locally at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and at a summer camp supporting adults with autism.