Eye on POY: Washington girls cross country

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?

Maddie Meyers

Senior, Northwest School (Seattle, WA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 1A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:54.6

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 22nd—19:05

Emily Pittis

Freshman, Sehome High (Bellingham, WA)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 2A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:17

Katie Knight

Junior, North Central High (Spokane, WA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 3A

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:10.6

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 2nd—17:58.10

2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 3rd—17:45

Jordan McPhee

Sophomore, Mt. Rainier High (Des Moines, Washington)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 4A

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:24.7

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 5th—18:13

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 23rd—18:14

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.

Amy-Eloise Neale: Junior, Glacier Peak High (Snohomish, WA)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.