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: Hannah Oneda
School: Winters Mill (Westminster, Md.)
Athletic achievement: Oneda raced to the Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:28, leading the Falcons to fourth place as a team. The 2011 Baltimore Sun Cross Country Runner of the Year, she earned sixth place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:26.6, and qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships where she finished 33rd with a time of 18:21.
Academic excellence: Oneda has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and was chosen to attend the HOBY Youth Leadership seminar in 2010.
“Hannah Oneda is a very modest young lady and she handles her success with more class than any runner I have ever met at this level,” said Oakland Mills head coach Vicki Lang. “She dominated the running community in Maryland and then really took her success to the next level at Foot Locker.”
THE FUTURE: Oneda remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.