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Monday, January 9, 2012
Eye on POY: Hawaii Girls Cross Country

By Joel Beck

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. These athletes made a case, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Dakota Grossman
Sophomore, Seabury Hall (Makawao, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fifth
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—19:27.5

Elli Brady
Junior, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—19:47.3

Kyleigh Mann
Senior, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Third—19:54.1

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

Breanne Ball: Senior, Iolani (Honolulu, HI)
Kristiana Van Pert: Sophomore, Hawaii Prep (Waimea, HI)
Mariah Haight: Sophomore, Hawaii Prep (Waimea, HI)

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.