King Philip’s Mike Griffin runs away with Gatorade cross-country honors

King Philip senior Mike Griffin will run at the University of Tennessee.
King Philip senior Mike Griffin will run at the University of Tennessee.File/George Rizer for the Globe

Mike Griffin captured the MIAA Division 1 boys’ cross-country state title in November by a decisive seven seconds. On Monday, he added some more hardware to his collection.

The King Philip senior was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Massachusetts Runner of the Year for boys’ cross-country, becoming the first runner in school history to win the award.

After placing first in the state meet at Gardner Municipal in a time of 16 minutes, 6 seconds, Griffin finished eighth at the Foot Locker East Regional championship, qualifying for the national meet in San Diego.

Racing among the best high schoolers in the country, the 5-foot-8-inch, 145 pound Griffin came in 36th place at Balboa Park in mid-December.


“Mike never backed down and never seemed to be out of a race no matter what,” said Franklin High coach Nick Bailey. “When the meets really counted, Mike was the best in the state without a doubt.”

Griffin has signed his national letter of intent to run at the University of Tennessee in the fall.

Matt Doherty can be reached at matthew.doherty@globe.com.