High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Angel Piccirillo

Pennsylvania Girls Track AOY: Angel Piccirillo

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: Angel Piccirillo

THE BASICS

School: Homer-Center (Homer City, Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Piccirillo won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.16 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:39.32 at the Class AA state championships, leading the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish as a team. Also the state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she was second at this month’s adidas Dream Mile. Her state title-winning clocking in the 1,600 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Piccirillo has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of the senior class, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and blood-donation drives.

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Pennsylvania GXC ROY: Angel Piccirillo

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.

Piccirillo
John Dye/ESPNHSAngel Piccirillo finished 13th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
THE WINNER: Angel Piccirillo

THE BASICS

School: Homer-Center (Homer City, Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Piccirillo raced to her second straight Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:31. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championship in 18:01.4 and finished 13th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Piccirillo also earned victories at the Crimson Hawk Invitational, the Indiana County Invitational, the Heritage Conference Championships, the District 6 Championships, the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Invitational and the PTXC 3 Invitational.

Academic excellence: Piccirillo has maintained an A average in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Pennsylvania girls cross country

December, 30, 2011
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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?

Piccirillo
John Dye/ESPNHSAngel Piccirillo finished 13th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
Angel Piccirillo
Senior, Homer-Center High (Homer City, PA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class AA
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:31

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 1st—18:01.4
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 13th—17:46.1

Meghan McGovern
Senior, North Penn High (Lansdale, PA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class AAA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:28

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Return of the ROY: Pa.'s Angel Piccirillo

October, 28, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the ROY: Angel Piccirillo
PhotoRunAngel Piccirillo is the returning Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Angel Piccirillo

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Homer-Center (Homer City, Pa.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships 32nd-place finisher ... 2010 Foot Locker Northeast Regional sixth-place finisher ... 2010 Paul Short Run individual runner-up

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