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North Dakota GXC ROY: Tarin Lachowitzer

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: Tarin Lachowitzer

THE BASICS

School: Davies (Fargo, N.D.)

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lachowitzer raced to a third consecutive Class A individual state championship this past fall with a time of 14:16.70, leading the Bruins to their second straight state title as a team. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she placed 15th for a second consecutive season at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, in 18:47.76. Lachowitzer finished second at the 2008 Class A state meet as an eighth-grader and third in 2007 as a seventh-grader.

Academic excellence: Also a track and field standout, Lachowitzer has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of the annual Fill the Dome youth-led food drive and as a fundraiser for area homeless on behalf of her church’s youth group in addition to serving as statistics manager for the Bruins boys’ basketball team.

THE PRAISE

“Not only is she an exceptional athlete, more importantly she’s been a great leader for our team,” said Davies head coach Lisa Svaleson. “We really are blessed to have had her for the past five seasons. She’s just such an awesome girl. Incredibly consistent. She’s always there competing her best at big meets, but also helping her teammates. That’s the really neat thing. She’s shown her teammates how to be exceptional like herself.”

THE FUTURE: Lachowitzer has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at North Dakota State University beginning this fall.