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: Annie Hill
School: Glacier (Kalispell, Mont.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:30.7, leading the Wolfpack to a second-place finish as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Hill won the Foot Locker West Regional championships, breaking the tape in 18:12.6 against an elite field. She also qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships where she finished 22nd in 18:18.9. She added another regional title to her resume by winning the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships with a time of 17:31.1.
Academic excellence: Hill has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A talented artist, she performs in the school orchestra and has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group.
“Annie Hill may be as dedicated to the sport of cross country as anyone that I have ever seen,” said Clint May, head coach at Bozeman High. “Watching her at a meet is to watch someone incredibly fierce yet remarkably friendly.”
THE FUTURE: Hill will begin her junior year of high school this fall.