High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Katie Knight

Washington Girls XC ROY: Katie Knight

January, 12, 2012
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File photo/ESPNHSKatie Knight captured third at the NXN Finals.
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: Katie Knight

THE BASICS

School: North Central (Spokane, Wash.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Knight raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a course-record time of 17:10.6. She also captured third at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 17:45. Knight earned victories at the Bob Firman Invitational and the Nike Border Clash, and finished second at the NXN Northwest Regional championships in 17:58.1.

Academic excellence: Knight has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Washington girls cross country

December, 30, 2011
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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?

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File photo/ESPNHSKatie Knight captured third at the NXN Finals.
Maddie Meyers
Senior, Northwest School (Seattle, WA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 1A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:54.6

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 22nd—19:05

Emily Pittis
Freshman, Sehome High (Bellingham, WA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:17

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