High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: McGill-Toolen Catholic

Alabama Girls XC ROY: Carmen Carlos

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: Carmen Carlos
file photo/ESPNHSCarmen Carlos is the two-time returning Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
THE WINNER: Carmen Carlos

THE BASICS

School: McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Carlos raced to a third consecutive Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a course-record time of 17:19.76, leading the Yellow Jackets to second place as a team. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Carlos placed 28th at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 17:59. Also a three-time Runner of the Year as named by the Mobile Press-Register, she finished eighth at the 2008 Class 6A state meet as an eighth-grader.

Academic excellence: A standout track athlete and an accomplished artist, Carlos has maintained a 4.22 weighted GPA in the classroom.

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Eye on POY: Alabama girls cross country

December, 15, 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?

Return of the ROY: Carmen Carlos
file photo/ESPNHSCarmen Carlos is the two-time returning Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Carmen Carlos
Junior, McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.)
2009-10 and 2010-11 Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 6A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:19.76

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 28th—17:59

Rachel Roberts
Senior, John Carroll Catholic (Birmingham, Ala.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 7th (Class 5A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:08.07

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 19th—17:48

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Return of the ROY: Ala.'s Carmen Carlos

October, 24, 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: Carmen Carlos
file photo/ESPNHSCarmen Carlos is the two-time returning Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Carmen Carlos

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: McGill-Toolen Catholic (Ala.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-6

Notes: 2009-10 and 2010-11 Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2009 and 2010 DyeStat XC Top 25 series Honorable Mention selection ... 2010 Girls Cross Country and Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as named by the Mobile Optimist Club ... 2009 and 2010 Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as named by the The Mobile Press Register ... 2010 Foot Locker South Regional 23rd-place finisher ... 2009 and 2010 Class 6A state meet individual champion ... 2010 Class 6A state meet team runner-up ... 2009 Foot Locker South Regional 16th-place finisher ... 2008 Class A state meet eighth-place finisher ... three-time Class 6A All-State qualifier

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