The Gatorade state Girls' Cross Country Runners of the Year were announced Wednesday, and Phillips Andover junior Anoush Shehadeh was named Massachusetts' recipient.
Here's more from the release:
In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Anoush Shehadeh of Phillips Academy as its 2013-14 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Shehadeh is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Phillips Academy.
The 5-foot-3 junior captured second place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships this past season with a time of 17:32.3. Shehadeh also qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished fourth, crossing the line in 17:35 to earn All-American honors. A two-time New England Preparatory School Track Association individual champion in cross country, she captured her second straight NEPSTA Division I title this past fall, breaking the tape in 17:38 and leading the Big Blues to third place as a team.
Shehadeh has maintained a 4.5 GPA on a 6-point scale in the classroom. An accomplished oboist and guitarist, she has volunteered locally as a math and science tutor and as a childcare volunteer.
“Anoush Shehadeh is one of the strongest and most consistent athletes to come through our running program,” said Phillips Academy head coach Rebecca Hession. “She has incredible self-discipline and a true passion for competition. She pushed herself to new limits during the interscholastic season, which prepared her to face regional and national competition with poise and confidence.”