Eye on POY: Louisiana 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?

Nicole Durham

Junior, Fontainebleau (Mandeville, La.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 5A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:42.23

Hanah Bourque

Freshman, St. Thomas More Catholic (Lafayette, La.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 4A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—20:04.30

Kaitlin Tanner

Freshman, Loyola College Prep (Shreveport, La.)

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

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—20:22.65

Mallory Robichaux

Freshman, Holy Savior Menard Central (Alexandria, La.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class 2A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:46.82

Anna Katherine Devitt

Senior, Christian Life Academy (Baton Rouge, La.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Class 1A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:33.96

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 37th—19:22.00

Kathleen Boulet

Freshman, Sacred Heart (Ville Platte, La.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 7th (Class B)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:38.67

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.

Carley Boyce: Sophomore, St. Scholastica (Covington, La.)

Angelica Dickson: Senior, Mandeville (La.)

Hailey Hesterman: Freshman, Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.)

Lane Porter: Senior, Metairie Park Country Day (Metairie, La.)

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.