The Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Cate Ratliff
School: Santa Cruz (Calif.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Division 4 individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:03.7, leading the Cardinals to second place as a team. Ratliff also finished 11th nationally at the Nike Cross Nationals Final in 17:23.9 and won the Div. 4 race at the Stanford Invitational.
Academic excellence: Ratliff has maintained a 4.05 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a beach safety program and has served as an assistant at the University of California’s Lick Observatory.
“Cate sets reasonable, but not easy, goals and then does the work to achieve them,” said Santa Cruz coach Greg Brock. “She’s displayed incredible discipline and showed remarkable improvement over her four-year career.”
THE FUTURE: Ratliff has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at California Polytechnic State University beginning this fall.