The honors continue to pour in for Corning East freshman Jessica Lawson, who was named Thursday as the Gatorade New York Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Lawson, competing in her first varsity season for the Corning Hawks, won the girls race at the New York State Federation meet Nov. 16 in Wappingers Falls. That came a week after she won the Class B title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in Queensbury.
She capped her season by finishing 27th in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 14. Lawson was one of the 40 runners to qualify for nationals with her seventh-place finish at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Nov. 30 at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx.
Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports work with sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of sports journalists to select Player of the Year awards in 12 sports.
Lawson was previously honored as Girls Runner of the Year in New York by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
She was a first-team all-state pick in Class B by the state sportswriters, with Elmira sophomore Abbey Wheeler a first-team selection in Class A and Elmira junior Jessica Thatcher a sixth-team choice. Receiving honorable mention were Elmira’s Khiere Ashley and Mackenzie Tubbs in Class A, and Corning’s Natalie Rogus in Class B.