High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hailey Ricks

Wyoming Girls XC ROY: Hailey Ricks

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.

THE WINNER: Hailey Ricks

THE BASICS

School: Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ricks raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 19:54.36, leading the Braves to second place as a team. A 2011 Class 3A First Team All-State selection and a former two-time Class 4A First Team All-State honoree, she earned 25th place at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 19:22.6.

Academic excellence: Ricks has maintained a 3.38 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group and recently completed a service mission trip to Peru.

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Eye on POY: Wyoming girls cross country

January, 10, 2012
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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?

Olivia Thompson
Freshman, Riverton (Wyo.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 6th (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—20:03.68

Hailey Ricks
Junior, Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:54.36

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 25th—19:22.6

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