Girls Athlete of the Week: Ellie Gonzalez, Catholic, cross country

The standout junior captured her second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland cross country championship on Nov. 5, finishing in 18 minutes, 19 seconds for a comfortable 40-second win over runner-up Hannah Mansbach of Glenelg Country. As a sophomore last year, Gonzalez emerged as one of the area's finest distance runners. Last season, she set a meet record with a time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds to win her first IAAM cross country title. She followed that with conference championships in the 1600- and 320-meter races in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Last year, she earned All-Metro first-team honors in all three seasons.

Others considered: Cassidy Babin, Archbishop Spalding, soccer; Danielle Baker, Glenelg, field hockey; Jenna Caldwell, Fallston, field hockey; Emily Clinch, Atholton, field hockey; Brittany Lang, Oakland Mills, cross country; Kelly Patterson, Archbishop Spalding, soccer

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