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: Maria Coffin
School: Annapolis (Md.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:25.2. A 2015 Washington Post Fall First Team All-Met selection, Coffin took third place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 17:42.7. She also qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships where she finished 27th in 18:22.6.
Academic excellence: Coffin has maintained a 4.39 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of her school concert choir, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group and as a youth track & field coach.
“Maria Coffin has an unwavering focus and dedication to the sport of running,” said Annapolis High head coach Paula Carrigan. “Her passion is evident and she is always curious and wants to learn as much as she can to improve and become a stronger runner. With her workouts and racing, she is willing to find her new edge, explore it and push those limits to the maximum.”
THE FUTURE: Coffin will begin her senior year of high school this fall.