Nebraska Girls XC ROY: Jeralyn Poe

January, 12, 2012
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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: Jeralyn Poe

THE BASICS

School: North Star (Lincoln, Neb.)
Grade: Freshman
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Poe raced to the Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:38.5. A 2011 Nebraska Coaches Association Cross Country Super State selection, she won the Class A-1 District Cross Country meet in 15:25.80 and earned 58th place at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 19:31.2.

Academic excellence: Poe has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a library aide and has donated her time reading to elementary school students.

THE PRAISE

“Jeralyn Poe is a very hard worker,” said Kirk Skiles, head coach of rival Lincoln East (Lincoln, Neb.). “It was certainly no fluke that she won a state title. She really figured out how to race and put herself in a position to win.”

THE FUTURE: Poe will begin her sophomore year of high school this fall.

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