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: Ellie Lawler
School: South Kingstown (Wakefield, R.I.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner earned All-American honors this past season by placing 14th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 17:56.6. Lawler set a course and state record at the All-State Meet with a time of 17:29.28, breaking the tape 45.06 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor. She finished second at the 2015 New England Cross Country Championships and was the 2014 Freshman State Meet champion.
Academic excellence: Lawler has maintained a weighted 4.90 GPA.
Exemplary character: A class officer at South Kingstown High, she has volunteered locally as a youth swim instructor and on behalf of multiple community-service initiatives in association with her church.
“Ellie Lawler, wow she is fun to watch,” said Annmarie Marino, head coach of Barrington High. “Her season was flawless. She takes the race out quick and maintains that brisk pace throughout. Runners with that style are tough to beat. The more challenging the course, the more at home she becomes.”
THE FUTURE: Lawler will begin her junior year of high school this fall.