Return of the ROY: Utah's Shea Martinez

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: Shea Martinez

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: Davis (Kaysville, Utah)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final 60th-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional fourth-place finisher ... 2010 Class 5A state meet individual and team champion


Academics: 3.32 GPA

Extracurricular activities: dedicated member of her church community ... served meals to the elderly ... sewed dolls for children in underprivileged countries

Davis High head coach Corbin Talley: “Shea is hard-working, talented and filled with desire and determination to be her very best. She is going to have an incredible track and cross country career.”

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 …

Summer Harper JR Orem; Sarah Feeny SO Ogden; Tori Parkinson JR Mountain Crest; Brooke Nelson SO Mountain Crest; Jamie Stokes SR Ogden; Avery Calton JR Ogden

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