High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Makena Morley

Montana Girls XC ROY: Makena Morley

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.

Gatorade POY: Makena Morley
John Dye/ESPNHSFreshman Makena Morley finished top-10 at Foot Locker Nationals this past season.
THE WINNER: Makena Morley

THE BASICS

School: Bigfork (Mont.)
Grade: Freshman
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Morley raced to the Class B individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:44.32. Ranked No. 22 on the ESPNHS DyeStat Cross Country Top 25 series, she placed third at the Foot Locker West Regional championships in 18:07 in addition to finishing ninth at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 17:39.1, capturing Second Team All-American honors. Morley also won the Flathead Invitational, Mountain West Classic and Capital City 7 on 7 this past fall.

Academic excellence: Morley has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Montana girls cross country

January, 4, 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?

Return of the ROY: Caroline Hardin
Robert Rosenberg/ESPNHSCaroline Hardin is the returning Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Caroline Hardin
Sophomore, Bozeman (Mont.)
2010-11 Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:52.56

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 24th—19:20.9

Sadie Henderson
Sophomore, Corvallis (Mont.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:30.26

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