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: Holly Bischof
School: Bishop Eustace Prep (Pennsauken, N.J.)
Athletic achievement: Bischof raced to the state Meet of Champions individual title this past season with a time of 18:13. She also won the Non-Public A state title, clocking an 18:47, took fourth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 18:24.9, and finished 28th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
Academic excellence: Bischof has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program.
“Holly suffered from shin splint injuries early in the season, but she trained through it, overcame it and put everything together,” said Bishop Eustace Prep coach Chris Threston. “She’s very competitive and incredibly driven. She knows what her strengths are and she takes advantage of them.”
THE FUTURE: Bischof has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Duke University beginning this fall.