Return of the ROY: S.D.'s Tamara Gorman

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Tamara Gorman

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Sophomore

School: Rapid City Stevens (Rapid City, S.D.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-5

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade South Dakota Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2009 and 2010 First Team All-State selection ... 2009 and 2010 Best of the West selection as named by the Rapid City Journal ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final 30th-place finisher ... Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional fourth-place finisher ... 2010 Class AA state meet individual champion


Academics: A average

Extracurricular activities: accomplished triathlete ... youth tutor ... volunteered locally at book fairs and elementary school carnivals

Rapid City Stevens High head coach Jesse Coy: “Tamara Gorman is extremely coachable and an outstanding teammate. Though just a freshman, she is the leader for the entire cross country program through her example of unmatched hard work and exceptional attitude.”

Each Gatorade State Runner of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls cross country underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Kelsey Barrett SR Britton; Lottie Grimshaw JR Todd County; Savannah Childers SO Spearfish; Kahlie Peterson SO Sturgis Brown

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of recruit rankings.

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