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THE WINNER: Elle Purrier
School: Richford (Vt.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to her third straight Division 3 individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:38. Vermont’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Purrier also won the New England Cross Country Championships in 18:42 and the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championship with a time of 18:09.4 in 2012. She finished 17th nationally at the NXN Final.
Academic excellence: Purrier has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives for the hungry, youth sports programs and blood-donation drives.
“Elle’s ability to stay focused is exceptional,” said Richford head coach Andrew Hathaway. “She’s achieved a lot in running thus far, but running is a part of the whole that does not dominate her life.”
THE FUTURE: Purrier remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.