Cross country

Massachusetts Girls Cross Country ROY: Catarina Rocha

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THE WINNER: Catarina Rocha


School: Peabody (Mass.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-4

Athletic achievement: She captured first place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships this past season with a time of 17:49.5. Rocha qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished in second place, crossing the line in 17:29. Also the 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won her second straight Division I individual championship with a time of 18:06.12, leading the Tanners to a state title as a team.

Academic excellence: Rocha has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and an officer in her school’s student council, she has volunteered locally as a basketball coach for children with special needs.


“Catarina Rocha is an exceptional runner,” said Lisa Owen, head coach at Acton-Boxborough (Acton, Mass.). “She is the best I have seen in the state in a long time. No one else comes close.”

THE FUTURE: Rocha has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Providence College beginning this fall.
Massachusetts Girls Cross Country ROY: Catarina Rocha
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