Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Sarah Baxter

Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Sarah Baxter

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Meet the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Nominees: Sarah Baxter

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Sarah Baxter
Sport: Girls Cross Country
Position: Distance Runner
High School: Simi Valley High School
City: Simi Valley, Calif.
Year: Junior

Read More: Introducing … Sarah Baxter

Unbeaten in her high school cross country career, Baxter is the first repeat champion in Nike Cross Nationals Final history. A three-time state XC champion and the first ever three-time Gatorade Girls XC Runner of the Year from California, Baxter, a junior, shattered the course record at the 65th Mt. SAC Invitational by 16 seconds in 2012.

2012-13

  • Won her second consecutive Nike Cross Nationals Final championship with a time of 19:17 on the 5K course
  • Went unbeaten and captured the 5K Division I state championship in a course-record 16:40
  • Broke course record at the 65th annual Mt. SAC Invitational by 16 seconds, covering the 2.93-mile course in 16:00. Also broke course marks at the Woodbridge Invitational, the Marmonte League Championships and the Southern Section Championships

Career

  • Unbeaten in her high school cross country career
  • First three-time Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year
  • First runner to defend Nike Cross Nationals Final title
  • Three-time state cross country champion
  • Three-time Mt. SAC Invitational champion
  • Owns Mt. SAC Invitational freshman record with a time of 16:41
  • Set state freshman record in the 3200 at the California State Track & Field Championships with a time of 10:13.00
  • CIF-SS Division 2 Outdoor Track 3200 Champion in 2012
  • CIF-SS Division 1 Outdoor Track 3200 Champion in 2011
  • Two-time CIF-SS Master’s Track & Field Meet 3200 Champion
  • Three-time Arcadia Invitational Outdoor Track 3200 Champion

3.22 cumulative GPA

  • Member of Junior American Legion Auxiliary
  • Member of the SVHS Recycling Club
  • Volunteers for One More Time Senior Thrift Store
  • Volunteer coach for the Simi Valley Running Rebels
     

“How will I react when I eventually lose my first cross country race? I feel like I’m prepared. I’m not looking forward to it.”

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