CHICAGO (January 13, 2011) - In its 26th year of honoring the nation's
best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with
ESPN RISE, today announced Jessica Lemaster of Cheyenne Central High
School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country Runner of the
Year. Lemaster is the first Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country Runner
of the Year to be chosen from Cheyenne Central High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence,
but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character
demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Lemaster as
Wyoming's best high school girls cross country runner. Now a finalist
for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the
Year award to be announced in January, Lemaster joins an elite alumni
association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Ryan
Hall (1999-00, 2000-01, Big Bear HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92,
Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS,
Ill.), Kevin Garnett (1992-93, Maudlin HS, S.C.), Abby Wambach (1997-98,
Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS,

The 5-foot-5 senior raced to a second-place finish at the Class 4A state
meet this past season with a time of 19:54.23, leading the Indians to
second place as a team. The 2007-08 Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country
Runner of the Year, Lemaster won the 2010 Casper Invitational in
20:48.97, breaking the tape more than a minute ahead of her next-closest
competitor. Lemaster also clocked a personal-best at the Liberty Bell
Invitational in September, taking 11th in 19:04.

Lemaster has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom and represents one
of the state's top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award's
broad criteria. She is a member of DECA and has volunteered locally on
behalf of area homeless shelters.

"Jessica Lemaster is one of the most driven, relentless and tenacious
runners I have ever coached," said Cheyenne Central High head coach Rick
Bishop. "When she sets a goal, she works incredibly hard until she
accomplishes it."

Lemaster remains undecided upon a college destination.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner
in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high
school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys
and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and
boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year
in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and
the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top
sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished,
veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each

Two-time winner Lemaster joins Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country
Runner of the Year Nicole Peterson (2009-10 & 2008-09, Rock Springs) as
athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in