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THE WINNER: Logan Morris
School: Spartanburg Christian Academy (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to a fourth consecutive South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:34.94, leading the Warriors to the SCISA state title as a team. In November, Morris won South Carolina’s USA Track & Field Cross Country Championship youth girls’ 4K race in 14:47and placed 27th at the 2012 Foot Locker South Regional championships in 18:05. She is also the Runner of the Year as named by the SCISA and the Spartanburg Herald Journal. Morris won her first state title as a sixth grader.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Morris has maintained a 5.25 weighted GPA and ranks No. 2 in her graduating class.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s chorus and National Beta Club chapter, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church, an animal shelter, the Special Olympics, the Miracle League Buddy Program for special needs youth and a vacation bible school. Morris has also donated her time as a camp counselor, mathematics tutor and youth cheerleading instructor in addition to delivering meals to area senior citizens.
“Logan continually redefines what is possible for a runner from a small Christian school,” said Spartanburg Christian Academy head coach Steve Conway. “She won a state title as a sixth-grader, was the SCISA Runner of the Year as a seventh-grader and attained the No. 1 ranking in the state as an eighth-grader. The key to her success is her remarkable faith and her desire to use the sport to honor the Lord. Even in her first season, she displayed a maturity, focus and work ethic that matched anyone.”
THE FUTURE: Morris will begin her sophomore year of high school this fall.