Eye on POY: Alaska 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?

Megan Edic

Senior, Lathrop High (Fairbanks, AK)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (4A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:38

Elle Arnold

Sophomore, Grace Christian High (Anchorage, AK)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (1-2-3A)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st--19:25

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.

Allie Ostrander: Freshman, Kenai Central (Kenai, AK)

Kailey Wilson: Senior, Kenny Lake High (Copper Center, AK)

Jenette Northey: Junior, Service High (Anchorage, AK)

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 or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.