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: Alexis Gourrier
School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner won the UNLV Invitational, the Larry Burgess-Las Vegas Invitational, the Labor Day Classic and the Santa Clarita Invitational this past season. Gourrier also raced to seventh at the Stanford Invitational and finished 23rd at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championships.
Academic excellence: Gourrier has maintained a 4.10 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally assisting special needs students in her school.
“Alexis is super-duper competitive and always wants to win,” said Centennial coach Roy Sessions. “She has the Prefontaine mentality: she’s going to go go go until she can’t go anymore. She really wants to do well in everything she does.”
THE FUTURE: Gourrier will begin her junior year of high school this fall.