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: Alex Davis
School: Plainview (Ardmore, Okla.)
Athletic achievement: Davis raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past fall with a time of 11:25 over the 3,200-meter course, breaking the tape 39 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor and leading the Indians to the state title as a team. She placed third in the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships, clocking an 18:19, and took 37th at the 2011 NXN Final in 18:35. Davis also won the Oklahoma Meet of Champions and the Arkansas/Oklahoma Allstar meet.
Academic excellence: Davis has maintained a 3.79 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at an area food bank and as a youth mentor, and founded a mission project in her neighborhood to assist the elderly.
“She competes on a small school level but is a very tough competitor with the big schools,” said Mike Stanton, head coach of Union (Tulsa, Okla.). “She won the Oklahoma Meet of Champions and the Arkansas/Oklahoma Allstar meet. She had a great year.”
THE FUTURE: Davis will begin her senior year of high school this fall.