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: Lindsay Billings
School: Northview (Johns Creek, Ga.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner took fourth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships with a time of 17:15 this past season, and then finished 19th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Twice presented the Ray Buckley Award by the Atlanta Track Club as the All-Metro Runner of the Year, Billings won a second consecutive Class AAAAAA individual state championship with a time of 18:10.73, leading the Titans to third place as a team. She also captured the 2013 Class AAAAA individual state title as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Billings has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s student leadership council, she has also volunteered on behalf of Atlanta’s SafeHouse Outreach mission and the Will to Life Foundation to promote suicide prevention awareness.
“Lindsay is the definition of character—hardworking, determined, respectful of her teammates as well as her opponents,” said Daniel Brock, head coach at rival Johns Creek High. “She is just an all-around fantastic young lady. She reminds me of 2012-2013 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Allie Buchalski, who ran for me. She’s a coaches’ dream athlete who not only represents herself, her team and school, but the whole community in a positive light.”
THE FUTURE: Billings has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Duke University beginning this fall.