2020 - 2021 MISSISSIPPI
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CHRISTIAN
BALCER
DISTANCE RUNNER
EAST CENTRAL HS
MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-3
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 15:15.40
MHSAA CLASS 5A STATE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - INDIVIDUAL TITLE
6TH
RUNNINGLANE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
“Christian Balcer is a phenomenal athlete—everyone knows that. He’s a two-time state champion and state record-holder. But not everyone knows that he is a great kid. And he is top notch.”
David-Paul ‘DP’ Daigle
Head Coach head coach at Saint Stanislaus College

Athletic Excellence


The state’s returning Gatorade Runner of the Year, the 6-foot-3-inch, 150-pound senior distance talent led the Hornets to sixth place as a team at the MHSAA Class 5A State XC Championships this past season, breaking the tape for the individual title with a time of 15:15.40—the fastest all-class clocking of the postseason. Balcer went on to run a state-record 5K time of 14:48.83 to finish sixth at the RunningLane National Cross Country Championships, earning First Team All-American status in the process.

Academic Achievement


Balcer has maintained a 95.4 average in the classroom. He will attend Mississippi College this fall, where he will compete in both cross country and track and field.

Exemplary Character


An appointed member of his school’s peer-leadership group, Balcer participates in Key Club and student council, which are both elected functions. He has also donated his time to the youth group at Caswell Springs United Methodist Church.