High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Alli Cash

Kansas Girls Track AOY: Alli Cash

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Alli Cash

THE BASICS

School: Shawnee Mission West
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance/middle-distance
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Cash won three individual Class 6A state championships this spring and led the Vikings to a fifth-place finish as a team. The state’s Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.51, the 1,600-meter run in 4:52.31 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:46.71. Cash also anchored the 4x800-meter relay to first place in 9:24.28 and finished third in the adidas Dream Mile.

Academic excellence: Cash has maintained a 4.56 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen and a peer leadership program for physically challenged students.

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Kansas Girls XC ROY: Alli Cash

January, 12, 2012
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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: Alli Cash

THE BASICS

School: Shawnee Mission West
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Cash raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:36.70, leading the Vikings to second place as a team. The Bob Timmons Award recipient as the top performer at the state meet, Cash placed fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships in 18:25.47 in addition to finishing 40th at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 18:37. She finished eighth at the 2010 Class 6A state meet as a sophomore and third in 2009 as a freshman.

Academic excellence: Cash has maintained a 4.42 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and her school’s dance team, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen, her school’s Cadet Teaching peer-mentoring program and the Johnson County Christmas Bureau food and clothing drive.

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Eye on POY: Kansas girls cross country

January, 3, 2012
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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 state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Alli Cash
Junior, Shawnee Mission West (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 6A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—14:36.70 (4K)

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 5th—18:25.47
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 5th—18:25.47

Kaelyn Balch
Junior, Bishop Carroll Catholic (Wichita, Kan.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:07.70 (4K)

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 10th—18:32.59

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