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: Polly Terzian
School: National Cathedral School (Washington, D.C.)
Athletic achievement: Terzian raced to first place individually at the Independent School League Championships this past season with a time of 21:50, leading the Eagles to second place as a team. She also finished fourth at the Maryland/D.C. Private School Championships, second at the Lake Forest Cross Country Festival, third at the Mercersburg Invitational and fifth at the Battle of the Potomac.
Academic excellence: Terzian has maintained a 3.33 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A talented pianist, she has volunteered locally providing food for the homeless and assisting vision-impaired patients on behalf of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
“Polly is focused and driven, but she always places as much value on supporting her teammates as she does on her own performances,” said National Cathedral School head coach Jim Ehrenhaft. “She’s the key factor in making our team a cohesive unit.”
THE FUTURE: Terzian will begin her senior year of high school this fall.