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: Taylor Knibb
School: Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to first place individually at the D.C. State Athletic Association Championships this past season with a course-record time of 19:32. The district’s returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Knibb also won the Maryland/D.C. Private School championship, the Paul Short Run and the Independent School League championship.
Academic excellence: Knibb has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: Also a talented triathlete, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an assisted living facility.
“The commitment and discipline Taylor puts into her training is unrivaled,” said Sidwell head coach Gaby Grebski. “She is an athlete who wants to improve not just physically but mentally and emotionally. She takes every success and the occasional failure as a learning experience which spurs her to work even harder.”
THE FUTURE: Knibb remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.