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: Rachel Morrin
School: Madison (Rexburg, Idaho)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to a Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:27.2, leading the Bobcats to a fourth-place finish as a team. The Post-Register All-Area Runner of the Year, Morrin earned 12th place at the Nike Cross Northwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:37.4.
Academic excellence: Morrin has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: An accomplished pianist, she is a member of the Spanish Club, the United Nations Club and has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group.
“Rachel Morrin has the mindset and work ethic of a champion,” said Madison High head coach Steve Barrus. “She is driven to be successful and wants to bring her teammates success as well. Her teammates respect her because she is so kind to them.”
THE FUTURE: Morrin will begin her junior year of high school this fall.