2023 - 2024 ARIZONA
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
RYAN
DENHOF
RUNNER
LIBERTY HS
PEORIA, ARIZONA
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-8
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 15:46.3
DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
19TH
NIKE CROSS SOUTHWEST REGIONALS
1ST
MT. CARMEL INVITATIONAL IN CALIFORNIA
“Over the past 12 months, Ryan Denhof boosted his stock considerably in going from a solid local runner to a state champion and among the best performers from the talent-stacked southwest region of the United States. His willingness to cross state lines to seek tougher challenges awakened a brand new level of excellence.”
Rich Gonzalez
PrepCal Track

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-8, 135-pound senior won the Division 1 State Championships in an all-class best time of 15:46.3 this past season, leading the Lions to a third-place finish as a team. Denhof also was the first Arizona runner to cross the line at the Nike Cross Southwest Regionals, finishing 19th to earn Third Team All-Region honors. He also crossed state lines to capture the gold medal in the Division 1 race at the competitive Mt. Carmel Invitational in California.

Academic Achievement


Denhof has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom. He  remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Exemplary Character


A member of his parish’s Church Youth Committee, Denhof has volunteered locally on behalf of “Feed My Starving Children,” which prepares and packs meals for the malnourished around the world. He has also donated his time helping to organize and conduct cross country races for elementary school students within the Peoria Unified School District.