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Oklahoma Girls XC ROY: Alex Davis

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

THE BASICS

School: Plainview (Ardmore, Okla.)

Grade: Junior

Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

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.

THE PRAISE

“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.