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: Ariel Keklak
School: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional (Sudbury, Mass.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:25.1, leading the Warriors to a second place finish as a team. The 2015 Boston Globe Division I Girls Cross Country All-Scholastic Runner of the Year, Keklak took seventh at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 17:52.7. She also qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships where she finished 30th in 18:28.2.
Academic excellence: Keklak has maintained a 3.97 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and a student government representative, she has volunteered locally as a youth track & field coach.
“Ariel Keklak is a highly motivated individual and is an extremely talented runner,” said Lincoln-Sudbury High head coach Henry Phelan. “She takes the sport very seriously and does all the little things in her daily life to stay healthy and make herself a better athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Keklak has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Wake Forest University beginning this fall.