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: Karis Jochen
School: A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas)
Athletic achievement: Jochen raced to the Class 5A state title this past season with a time of 11:12.44. She also won the Nike South Invitational and the Ricardo Romo Classic. Jochen finished ninth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships, 12th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, clocking a 17:44.8, and also took second at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championship in 18:07.23.
Academic excellence: Jochen has maintained a 4.49 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A chemistry tutor in her school and a member of the student council, she has volunteered locally on behalf of summer reading programs, youth sports programs and food drives to benefit the needy.
“To say Karis is driven is a gross understatement,” said A&M Consolidated head coach Rodney Wellman. “She’s the embodiment of dedication. It’s a joy to watch as a coach and a fantastic example for her teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Jochen will begin her senior year of high school this fall.