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Kentucky Girls XC ROY: Cassidy Hale

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: Cassidy Hale

THE BASICS

School: duPont Manual (City, State)

Grade: Junior

Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hale raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:55.89, leading the Rams to fifth place as a team. The 2011 Kentucky Track and Cross County Coaches Association Junior Runner of the Year, she earned 15th place at the Foot Locker South Regional championships, finishing in 17:41.

Academic excellence: Hale has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An accomplished violinist with her school’s orchestra, she maintains a part-time job and has volunteered locally on behalf of area charity road races.

THE PRAISE

“Cassidy Hale is a tremendous leader who encourages all the kids regardless of their skill level,” said duPont Manual head coach Debra Moore. “Athletically, she’s the real deal. We have tough competition here in Kentucky and she just put the gauntlet down at our state meet and went for it.”

THE FUTURE: Hale will begin her senior year of high school this fall.