A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
THE WINNER: Amanda Fox
School: Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.)
Athletic achievement: Fox raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:24. Fox won the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional in 18:09 and took ninth nationally at the NXN Final by clocking an 18:01. She also captured conference, regional and sectional championships and won the Peoria Woodruff Invitational, the Hornet-Red Devil Invitational and the Naperville Invitational.
Academic excellence: Fox has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally feeding needy families and tutoring students in her school system.
“Amanda always races hard and saves nothing,” said Naperville Central head coach Aislinn Hicks. “She’s very passionate about everything she pursues in life, whether it’s academics or running.”
THE FUTURE: Fox remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.