WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) — This month two local athletes from D.C. and Maryland were crowned Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year by USA Today. Sidwell Friends junior Taylor Knibb and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Senior Nora McUmber were selected by USA Today based on athletic performance and impact in the 2014 season.
Knibb was USA Today’s winner for D.C. She is an “A” average student and also a talented swimmer. Knibb raced to first place at the D.C. State Athletic Association Championships this past season with a record time of 19:37.
Sidwell Friends cross country head coach Gaby Grebski praised Knibb to USA Today:
“Taylor is incredibly talented, but I believe a lot of her success comes from her work ethic and drive,” said Grebski. “Her commitment to training, both in running and in the pool, is somewhat unrivaled. She is not afraid of working hard or being challenged by a workout.”
To read more about Knibb’s selection as ROY: Click here.
McUmber was USA Today’s winner for Maryland. She has 3.02 GPA and volunteers at a local childcare facility and Shepherd’s Table to support those in Silver Spring who are homeless or in need. This past season, McUmber helped lead her team to a second-place finish at the Class 4A individual state championship with a time of 18:28.
Clarksburg cross country head coach Rob Burke told USA Today about McUmber’s dominant season:
“Girls cross country in our area is the best it has ever been and Nora McUmber is the dominant racer,” said Burke. “Every other athlete makes their race plans off of her, and when she is on, no one can beat her.”
To read more about McUmber’s selection as ROY: Click here.