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: Allie Ostrander
School: Kenai Central (Kenai, Alaska)
Athletic achievement: Ostrander raced to the Region III championship this past season with a time of 18:07. She set course records while winning the Skyview Invitational, the Homer Invitational, the Colony Invitational and the Palmer Invitational.
Academic excellence: Ostrander has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church youth group, she has volunteered on behalf of a local food bank and youth soccer programs.
“Allie has remained grounded, gracious and humble in the face of much success and expectation,” said Kenai Central head coach D’Anna Gibson. “She’s a well-rounded individual and she was voted hardest worker by her teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Ostrander will begin her sophomore year of high school this fall.