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: Logan Morris
School: Spartanburg Christian Academy (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The state’s 2012-13 and 2014-15 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Morris captured a state-record seventh consecutive South Carolina Independent Schools Association individual state championship with a time of 17:28.31 this past season, leading the Warriors to an 11th straight team title. The distance runner took ninth at both the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 17:18 and the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 17:47.70. Unbeaten against in-state competition in 2015, her winning time at the state meet ranked as South Carolina’s fast time among prep competitors this past fall.
Academic excellence: Morris has maintained a 5.02 weighted GPA and served as president of her school’s student council.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s National Beta Club chapter, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church, an animal shelter, the Special Olympics, Girls on the Run, Operation Christmas Child, the Miracle League Buddy Program for special needs youth and a vacation bible school. Morris has also donated her time as a camp counselor, a mathematics tutor and as a youth cheerleading instructor in addition to delivering meals to area senior citizens.
“While the elite performances that she turns in each week are head-turning, they are magnified by her consistency,” said Shawn Wilson, head coach at rival Spartanburg Day School. “And talk about a performance of a lifetime at Foot Locker nationals. To finish ninth in the South Region and to come back and finish ninth in the country and earn All-American status—what a way to finish your high school career.”
THE FUTURE: Morris has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Clemson University beginning this fall.