CHICAGO (January 15, 2009) — In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with ESPN RISE Magazine, today announced Emily Jones of The Bromfield School as its 2008-09 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Jones as Massachusetts’ best high school girls cross country runner. Jones is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in January.
The senior won her third straight Division 2 state title this past season, leading the Trojans to a fourth-place finish as a team. Jones won the Foot Locker Northeast Regional with a time of 17:31.1 and placed 13th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in 18:11. A repeat Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year honoree, Jones is also a three-time state champion in the 2-mile on the track.
Jones has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom. Jones has volunteered at numerous running events and has directed a running camp for elementary school children in the Harvard area.
“We knew that even as a freshman, she was going to be a talent,” said Steve Sawyer, head coach of rival Hamilton-Wenham High. “She hasn’t let anyone down. We’ve all been fortunate to watch her develop. She’s a strong runner and not afraid to push herself.”
Jones has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE Magazine, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.
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