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: Maegan Doody
School: Oyster River (Durham, N.H.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Doody won a third consecutive Meet of Champions with a time of 17:34 this past season. The distance runner also won a second straight Division 2 individual championship in 18:06. A two-time returning New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association and New Hampshire Union Leader Runner of the Year, Doody placed 28th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 19:01.70. She finished unbeaten against New Hampshire competition in 2015.
Academic excellence: Doody has maintained a 3.94 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has donated her time as a member of Oyster River’s student council and as a student representative on the school board.
“She is a runner I tell my girls to watch, because they will never see another one of her talent again,” said Stan Lyford, head coach at rival Portsmouth High. “She is a once-in-a-coaching-career athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Doody has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.