High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jeralyn Poe

Nebraska Girls XC ROY: Jeralyn Poe

January, 12, 2012
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: Jeralyn Poe


School: North Star (Lincoln, Neb.)
Grade: Freshman
Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Poe raced to the Class A individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:38.5. A 2011 Nebraska Coaches Association Cross Country Super State selection, she won the Class A-1 District Cross Country meet in 15:25.80 and earned 58th place at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 19:31.2.

Academic excellence: Poe has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a library aide and has donated her time reading to elementary school students.

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Eye on POY: Nebraska Girls Cross Country

January, 3, 2012
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?

Sidney Hirsch
Junior, Millard West (Omaha, NE)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—14:49.9

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 24th—18:56.3

Jeralyn Poe
Freshman, North Star (Lincoln, NE)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did Not Qualify (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—14:38.5

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 58th—19:31

Odaliz Santoya-Garcia
Sophomore, Lexington (NE)

2011 Team postseason standing: Third (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:07.2

Shannen Ramey
Senior, Fort Calhoun (NE)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class C)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—15:23.4

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.

Marissa Dewispelare: Junior, Aquinas Catholic (David City, NE)
Megan Drozda: Junior, Pius X (Lincoln, NE)
Morgan Benesch: Junior, Scotus (Columbus, NE)

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 or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.