Eye on POY: Connecticut girls cross country

January, 2, 2012
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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?

Maggie Christie
Junior, Immaculate High (Danbury, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class S)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:50

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 80th—21:44.3

Alyssa Brehler
Sophomore, Griswold High (Griswold, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class SS)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:27

Annmarie Tuxbury
Senior, Northwestern High (Winsted, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 5th (Class M)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:04

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 55th—20:18.6

Rachel Roscow
Sophomore, Avon High (Avon, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class MM)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:31

Brittany Mendelson
Junior, Pomperaug High (Southbury, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class L)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:34

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 45th—20:11.1

Reid Watson
Senior, Glastonbury High (Glastonbury, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class LL)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:03

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 25th—19:46.2

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.

Kellie Davis: Junior, Hillhouse High (New Haven, CT)
Abigail Markowitz: Senior, Greenwich High (Greenwich, CT)

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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