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 divisional champions 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?
Junior, Central (Manchester, N.H.)
2011 Team division meet standing: 2nd (Division 1)
2011 Division meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:54
2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 13th—19:16.8
Senior, Merrimack Valley (Penacook, N.H.)
2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Division 2)
2011 Division meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:39
Freshman, The Derryfield School (Manchester, N.H.)
2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Division 3)
2011 Division meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:45
Winning the division 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.
Courtney Hawkins: Junior, Milford (N.H.)
Eisenhandler Mia: Junior, Nashua South (Nashua, N.H.)
Hannah Parker: Freshman, Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood, N.H.)
Hannah Zeltner: Senior, Bedford (N.H.)
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.