Return of the ROY: Amy-Eloise Neale

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 …

Name: Amy Eloise-Neale

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: Glacier Peak (Wash.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-10

Notes: 2009-10 and 2010-11 Gatorade Washington Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final third-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals West Regional individual runner-up ... 2009 and 2010 Class 3A state meet individual champion ... set state meet course record ... 2009 Nike Cross Nationals Final fourth-place finisher


Academics: 4.0 GPA

Extracurricular activities: talented musician ... local food bank volunteer

Glacier Peak High head coach Dan Parker: “Amy-Eloise took a much-needed rest after the Junior Olympic Nationals. She was two weeks late starting training for the high school season and got off to a slow start, but once she rounded into shape, it was lights out.”

Each Gatorade State Runner of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls cross country underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Katie Knight JR North Central; Maddie Meyers SR Northwest; Sarah Reiter SR Lindbergh; Anastasia Kosykh SO Eastlake; Chandler Olson JR Woodinville; Katie Bianchini JR Glacier Peak; Kendra Weitz JR Shadle Park; Sarah Reiter SR Lindbergh

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.