Eye on POY: Utah girls cross country

December, 31, 2011
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Katie Nielson
Senior, Dugway High (Dugway, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 1A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:35

Erica Birk,
Senior, North Summit High (Coalville, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Class 2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:23.0

Jamie Stokes
Senior, Ogden High (Ogden, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:18.8

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 6th—17:57.15
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 92nd—19:15

Kelsey Braithwaite
Senior, Box Elder High (Brigham City, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 10th (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:36.4

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 2nd—17:55.0
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 8th—17:38.4

Shea Martinez
Junior, Davis High (Kaysville, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:28.0

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 51st—19:00.25

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Summer Harper: Junior, Orem High (Orem, UT)
Sarah Feeny: Sophomore, Ogden High (Ogden, UT)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.

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