Leading contenders for Girls XC Gatorade POY

Today on ESPNHS' "Player of the Year" blog, Joel Beck take a look at the contenders for the Massachusetts Girls' Cross-Country Gatorade Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

Among the clubhouse leaders are Peabody's Catarina Rocha, Dennis-Yarmouth's Jordan O'Dea, Andover's Maggie Mullins and Longmeadow's Camille Blackman.

Beck writes:

Catarina Rocha

Junior, Peabody Veterans Memorial (Peabody, MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Ninth (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—18:12

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): Third—18:19.95

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): Seventh—17:37.3

Jordan O'Dea

Junior, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional (South Yarmouth, MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Sixth (Division 2)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—18:35

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 19th—19:25.8

Maggie Mullins

Senior, Andover (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did Not Qualify (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Third—18:45

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Sixth—18:58.3

Camille Blackman

Senior, Longmeadow (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Eighth (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—18:41

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 18th—19:13.46

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Katie Powell: Senior, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA)

Abbey McNulty: Sophomore, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA)

Kerry Phelan: Senior, Hamilton-Wenham (Hamilton, MA)

Madison Granger: Senior, Belchertown (MA)