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.
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THE WINNER: Tia Tardy
School: Orono (Maine)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner won the Class C state meet with a time of 19:43.81 this past season, breaking the tape 15.43 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor and leading the Riots to the state championship as a team. A transfer from Mattanawcook Academy, Tardy placed fourth at the Maine Festival of Champions and 12th at the New England Cross Country Championships. She did not lose a race to an in-state distance runner in 2015.
Academic excellence: Tardy has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: The co-founder of the Lincoln Lakes Track Club, she has volunteered locally as part of area beautification projects and with multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit diabetes research.
“Watching Tia Tardy run, she is clearly a driven competitor who is all businesses when it comes to racing,” said Nick Scott, head coach of Boothbay Region High. “She is an intelligent racer who often starts a race under control and finishes strong.”
THE FUTURE: Tardy will begin her senior year of high school this fall.