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: Jordan Oakes
School: Holy Names Academy (Seattle, Wash.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:53.5. Oakes also won the Bellevue Invitational and the Metro League championship and finished 20th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
Academic excellence: Oakes has maintained a 4.17 GPA.
Exemplary character: Vice president of the Seattle chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Oakes has volunteered locally on behalf of the Woodland Park Zoo and the U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities.
“Jordan has consistently improved in both time and competitiveness each season,” said Holy Names coach Erin McCormick. “She constantly elevates the team’s energy and morale through her positivity, humor and creativity.”
THE FUTURE: Oakes will begin her senior year of high school this fall.