Eye on POY: Oklahoma 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. 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?

Emily Helms

Junior, Mustang (Okla.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 6A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—11:22.83 (3,200 meters)

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 16th—18:50.90

Christi Dougherty

Senior, Coweta (Okla.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 5A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—11:59.62 (3,200 meters)

Lindsey Gregory

Freshman, Madill (Okla.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 4A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—12:21.21 (3,200 meters)

Alex Davis

Junior, Plainview (Ardmore, Okla.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 3A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—11:25 (3,200 meters)

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 3rd—18:19.00

Cheyenne Choate

Junior, Hennessey (Okla.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 2A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—12:11 (3,200 meters)

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Grace Barber: Freshman, Jenks (Okla.)

Elise Base: Sophomore, Norman North (Norman, Okla.)

Maddie Brown: Sophomore, Jenks (Okla.)

Micaela Fox: Junior, Mustang (Okla.)

Tara Lewis: Senior, Edmond Memorial (Edmond, Okla.)

Abbie Mace: Sophomore, Norman North (Norman, Okla.)

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