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: Emily Nist
School: Bishop Kelly (Boise, Idaho)
Athletic achievement: Nist raced to her third Class 4A individual state championship in four years this past season with a time of 18:34.98, leading the Knights to the state title as a team. A four-time First Team All-State selection, Nist earned 11th place at the Foot Locker West Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:41, and qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she took 37th with a time of 18:35. She also placed 12th at the Nike Cross Northwest championships in 18:49.
Academic excellence: Nist has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the YMCA, the Ronald McDonald House and as an elementary school tutor.
“I have seen many examples of Emily Nist’s talent and have always been impressed by her diligence and perseverance,” said Bishop Kelly head coach Tom Shanahan. “From the outset, I worked closely with her on a day-to-day basis and I witnessed tremendous growth and development. Her teammates marvel at her work ethic, discipline, determination and courage.”
THE FUTURE: Nist has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Syracuse University beginning this fall.