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Friday, January 6, 2012
Eye on POY: D.C. girls cross country

The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. The District of Columbia doesn't have a state meet, but the top finishers in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships and the Maryland/D.C. Private School Championships have certainly made a case for award consideration. Did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious honor?

London Freeland
Sophomore, Dunbar High (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st at DCIAA Championships
2011 DCIAA Championships finish (Place—time): 1st—23:43

Grace Carr
Senior, Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd at MD/DC Private School Championships
2011 MD/DC Private Schools Championships (Place—time): 2nd—19:49

Here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the award conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Polly Terzian: Junior, National Cathedral School (Washington, D.C.)
Sydney Cogswell: Senior, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)
Charlotte Leape: Sophomore, Washington International (Washington, D.C.)
Margaret Kellogg: Freshman, Woodrow Wilson High (Washington, D.C.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.