High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Box Elder

Utah Girls XC ROY: Kelsey Braithwaite

January, 12, 2012
Gatorade POY: Kelsey Braithwaite
Cindy McConkie/ESPNHSKelsey Braithwaite captured eighth place at Foot Locker Nationals this past fall.
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: Kelsey Braithwaite


School: Box Elder (Brigham City, Utah)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-2


Athletic achievement: Braithwaite raced to the Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:36.4. She took second at the Foot Locker West Regional championship in 17:55 and clocked a 17:38.4 to finish eighth nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Braithwaite also won the BYU Autumn Classic and earned second at the Bob Firman Invitational.

Academic excellence: Braithwaite has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Utah girls cross country

December, 31, 2011
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?

Katie Nielson
Senior, Dugway High (Dugway, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 1A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:35

Erica Birk,
Senior, North Summit High (Coalville, UT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Class 2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:23.0

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