High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Reid Watson

Connecticut Girls XC ROY: Reid Watson

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.

THE WINNER: Reid Watson

THE BASICS

School: Glastonbury (Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Watson raced to the State Open individual championship this past season with a time of 18:35. She also won the Class LL state title, breaking the tape in 19:03, and took first at the Hartford Riverfront Invitational, the Stratton Brook Invitational and the Central Connecticut Conference Championships. Watson finished 15th at the New England Cross Country Championships and earned 25th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships.

Academic excellence: Watson has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A peer tutor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in addition to fundraising to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Eye on POY: Connecticut girls cross country

January, 2, 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?

Maggie Christie
Junior, Immaculate High (Danbury, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class S)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:50

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 80th—21:44.3

Alyssa Brehler
Sophomore, Griswold High (Griswold, CT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class SS)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:27

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