High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Haley Pierce

Delaware Girls Track AOY: Haley Pierce

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Haley Pierce

THE BASICS

School: Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Pierce won the 1,600-meter run with a state-record time of 4:41.46 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:24.80 at the Meet of Champions this spring. Also a three-time Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she also ran the second leg of the third-place 4x400-meter relay squad that finished in 4:00.49. The two-time William A. Thomson Award winner as named by the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country & Track Association, Pierce concluded her career with individual state records in the 1,600-meter run, 3,000-meter run and the 3,200 meter run as well as the 4x800-meter relay, distance medley relay and 4x1600-meter relay.

Academic excellence: Pierce has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her school’s environmental club, she has volunteered on behalf of her church’s youth group as well as the Sunday Breakfast Mission for the homeless.

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Delaware Girls XC ROY: Haley Pierce

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.

Return of the ROY: Haley Pierce
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSHaley Pierce is the two-time returning Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
THE WINNER: Haley Pierce

THE BASICS

School: The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Pierce raced to a third consecutive Division II individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:28.19, leading the Hornets to first place as a team. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Pierce placed second at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 17:11.10 in addition to finishing second at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 17:42. A two-time William L. Gerow Award recipient as the state’s top runner, she also captured first place at the Great American Cross Country Festival this past fall.

Academic excellence: Pierce has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom.

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Return of the ROY: Delaware's Haley Pierce

October, 25, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the ROY: Haley Pierce
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSHaley Pierce is the two-time returning Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Haley Pierce

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: The Tatnall School (Del.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-7

Notes: 2009-10 and 2010-11 Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010-11 Gatorade Delaware Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year ... 2009 and 2010 Runner of the Year (William L. Gerow Award winner) as named by the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country and Track Association ... Ranked No. 16 on 2010 ESPN DyeStat XC Top 25 series ... 2008 and 2009 ESPN DyeStat XC Top 25 series Honorable Mention selection ... 2008, 2009 and 2010 First Team All-State selection ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional individual champion ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final fifth-place finisher ... 2009 and 2010 Division II state meet individual champion ... 2009 Nike Cross Nationals seventh-place finisher ... 2008 Division II state meet individual runner-up ... three-time Division II state meet team champion

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