National Girls Performer Of The Week (8/16-8/22)

* Karina James (left) won the NPOTW Week 1 honor;  Lily Cridge (right) is a nominee for Week 2 of the cross country season

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Lowell's senior opened up the cross country season at the Crown Point Invitational. Karina James won the meet in 18:38 for 5K and with a speed rating of 133. She was the only athlete to break 20 minutes at this meet. 

Last season, she was undefeated throughout the fall and even won her first cross country state title.

Last week, she earned about 67-percent of the votes with over 110 tallies. Congratulations James on the strong start to the season.

Now let's move on to week 2 of the cross country season National Performer of the Week presented by New Balance poll.  

Vote for whom you think should win this week's national honor following this most recent week of action. Voting will end Friday, and we'll recognize the winner every Monday during the unveiling of the newest poll. Better yet, each boy and girl winner will win a pair of New Balance shoes

We are requesting winners (or their parents or coaches) from each week to email Cory Mull at and Olivia Ekpone at to notify us of your contact.

Vote below in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments. For reference, check our Top 25 Cross Country Performances of the WeekYou can also vote in our National Boys Performer of the Week poll.

NPOTW Cross Country Winners