2023 - 2024 WISCONSIN
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MANNY
PUTZ
RUNNER
ONALASKA HS
ONALASKA, WISCONSIN
JUNIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-6
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
5TH - 15:23.1
NIKE CROSS NATIONALS FINAL
1ST
DIVISION 1 STATE MEET
2ND - 14:32.1
NXR HEARTLAND MEET
“Perhaps the biggest surprise on the national stage, Manny Putz capped off a strong campaign with a surprising top-five finish at NXN. The addition of another state championship and a First Team All-Region showing gave him the state’s best racing resume in 2023.”
Rich Gonzalez
PrepCal Track

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-6, 130-pound junior powered across the line to take fifth at Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season, clocking a time of 15:23.1 to earn First Team All-America honors. Putz, a two-time Gatorade award winner, also won the Division 1 state meet for a second successive season, recording the fastest all-class time of the day. He won seven of his 10 races last fall and his 14:32.1 at the NXR Heartland meet, where he took silver, was a personal-best.

Academic Achievement


Putz has maintained a 3.89 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


Putz has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive—a Thanksgiving and Christmas campaign to raise funds for those in need. He has also donated his time to Rotary Lights, a holiday light show that encourages attendees to make donations to feed the hungry.