2022 - 2023 KENTUCKY
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CIARA
O'SHEA
RUNNER
MADISON CENTRAL HS
RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-2
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 17:07.60
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (INDIVIDUAL)
1ST
NIKE XC TOWN TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL
1ST
CHAMPS SPORTS SOUTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
5TH
CHAMPS SPORTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
“Ciara O’Shea capped the most dominant and consistent career by any prep girl in Kentucky history, winning a memorable fifth straight 3A title and becoming the state’s first All-American at the Champs Sports National Championships since 2014. In so doing, she achieved the second top-five performance by a girl from Kentucky in that meet’s history.”
Erik Boal
editor at DyeStat.com

Athletic Excellence


The state’s three-time returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 5-foot-2 senior won the Class 3A state meet for the fifth straight year this past season with a time of 17:07.60, leading the Indians to a fourth-place finish as a team. O’Shea became only the third girls cross country runner in U.S. prep history to win five consecutive state championships. She also won the Nike XC Town Twilight Invitational, clocking one of the top five times in history by a prep girl at the LaVern Gibson course in Indiana. In addition, she was victorious at the Champs Sports South Regional Championships and finished fifth at the Champs Sports National Championships, concluding her high school career as the top Kentucky finisher in 43 of the 44 cross country races she entered.

Academic Achievement


O’Shea has maintained a weighted 4.35 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

Exemplary Character


A member of the National Honor Society, O’Shea has donated her time as a tutor for younger students in several subjects. She’s an active member of the St. Mark Catholic Youth Group, helping with yard maintenance during the summer on behalf of campus ministry in addition to assisting with several projects at local retirement homes. She also contributes to the school’s PEP Club by organizing rallies and making decorations to support Madison Central teams at various sporting events.