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THE WINNER: Regen McGee
School: Pass Christian (Miss.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to a second consecutive Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:07, leading the Pirates to fourth place as a team. McGee also captured first place at the Amateur Athletic Union National Championships in 18:47.28. She won nine regular-season meets this past fall, including Mississippi College’s Watson Ford Invitational.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, McGee has maintained an A average in the classroom and has served on her school’s student council.
Exemplary character: A member of the local National Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters, she has volunteered locally on behalf her church community.
“Regen McGee shows the tenacity and determination a great athlete must possess,” said Pass Christian head coach Tim Ladner. “She has as much will as she does talent.”
THE FUTURE: McGee will begin her sophomore year of high school this fall.