Return of the ROY: D.C.'s Grace Carr

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Grace Carr

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-2

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 All-Met Honorable Mention selection as named by The Washington Post ... 2010 Independent School League Championships individual runner-up ... 2010 MD/DC Private School Championships individual runner-up ... 2010 MD/DC Private School Championships team champion


Academics: 4.15 GPA

Extracurricular activities: dedicated member of her church community ... feeding the homeless

Georgetown Visitation Prep head coach Kevin Hughes: "It was her first year of cross country, but I knew she'd have success. She has a great endurance base. She's the type of runner who can run all day."

Each Gatorade State Runner of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls cross country underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Sydney Cogswell SR Sidwell Friends School; Stephanie Jones SR Georgetown Visitation Prep; Ellie Forman JR National Cathedral; Rachel Bonham SO Wilson

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.