THE WINNER: Brianna Lenehan
School: Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, Conn.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to the State Open championship this past season with a time of 19:09. Lenehan also won the Class LL state title in 18:51 and took first at the Eastern Connecticut Conference Championships. She earned a ninth–place finish at the New England Cross Country Championships.
Academic excellence: Lenehan has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a nationally-ranked Irish step dancer, she has volunteered locally on behalf of both youth running events and toy drives for underprivileged children.
“Brianna was phenomenal this year,” said Norwich Free Academy head coach Kara Kochanski-Vendola. “She was very focused on what she had to do to be successful and she put in so much hard work, not just in season, but all summer.”
THE FUTURE: Lenehan will attend Columbia University this fall, where she will compete in cross country and track and field.