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: Amanda Mayoral
School: Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:12, leading the Storm to a state title as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Mayoral took third at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 17:29. She went on to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals Final where she finished 70th with a time of 18:23.6.
Academic excellence: Mayoral has maintained a 3.20 GPA.
Exemplary character: An accomplished violinist and an altar server at her church, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Teen Life enrichment program.
“Amanda Mayoral won all of the big races in New Mexico easily, she carries herself the right way and is friendly to her competitors,” said Sal Gonzales, head coach at Rio Rancho High. “Even though she runs for our rival school, she inspires other runners and coaches to cheer her on. There are other great runners in New Mexico, but none were close to her this year.”
THE FUTURE: Mayoral will begin her junior year of high school this fall.