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: Aubrey Roberts
School: Memorial High (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Position: Distance Runner
Athletic achievement: The distance runner raced to a Division 1 individual championship this past season with a time of 17:49.9, leading the Old Abes to a state title as a team. A four-time First Team All-State selection, Roberts took seventh at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 17:79. She was the only runner from her state to qualify for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished 13th in 17:52.3. She was also the fastest Wisconsin competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 12th place in 17:49.
Academic excellence: Roberts has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group.
“Aubrey Roberts is the complete package,” said Eau Claire Memorial High head coach Mark Johnson. “She is an excellent teammate and fiercely competitive yet possesses great sportsmanship. She is at her best when her best is needed.”
THE FUTURE: Roberts has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Northwestern University beginning this fall.