Eye on POY: Massachusetts 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?

Catarina Rocha

Junior, Peabody (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Ninth (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—18:12

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): Third—18:19.95

2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): Seventh—17:37.3

Jordan O'Dea

Junior, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional (South Yarmouth, MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Sixth (Division 2)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—18:35

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 19th—19:25.8

Maggie Mullins

Senior, Andover (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did Not Qualify (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Third—18:45

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): Sixth—18:58.3

Camille Blackman

Senior, Longmeadow (MA)

2011 Team postseason standing: Eighth (Division 1)

2011 State meet finish (Place—time): Second—18:41

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 18th—19:13.46

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.

Katie Powell: Senior, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA)

Abbey McNulty: Sophomore, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA)

Kerry Phelan: Senior, Hamilton-Wenham (Hamilton, MA)

Madison Granger: Senior, Belchertown (MA)

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.