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: Cheyenne Walden
School: Charles Page (Sand Springs, Okla.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The two-time returning Gatorade State Runner of the Year, the distance talent won a third-straight Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:57.9, breaking the tape 52.3 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor. A three-time Tulsa World All-Metro Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Walden placed sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships and 59th at the NXN Final.
Academic excellence: Walden has maintained a 3.50 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered locally at the Sand Springs Children’s Home and as a youth track coach.
“Cheyenne Walden is a very talented runner,” said Blake Collins, head coach of Owasso High. “She has gone basically uncontested for the last three years in cross country. She seems to run with a real joy and the thing I like best about Cheyenne is when she has completed her race she waits in the finish chute and congratulates the girls finishing behind her.”
THE FUTURE: Walden will begin her senior year of high school this fall.