Morgan McCormick of Wilton has been selected 2017-18 Gatorade Connecticut Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. McCormick earns the honor for the second straight year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the course.
The 5-foot-3 senior raced to the State Open championship this past season with a time of 18:23. McCormick won the Class L state title in 18:19 and took fourth at the New England Cross Country Championships. She also finished fourth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships and crossed the line in 17th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
A chemistry tutor in her school, McCormick has volunteered locally on behalf of the Tails of Courage animal shelter. “Morgan raised the level of her running considerably over last year, and the results reflected it,” said Wilton coach Jeff Gee in a statement. “She’s an extremely dedicated and hard worker who has pushed herself tirelessly. The fact that she’s only been running for a little more than two years bodes well for her future.”
McCormick has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom. She remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.