Sydney Masciarelli, a 5-foot-10 sophomore at Marianapolis Prep of Tompson, Conn., has been chosen as the 2018 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year for girls cross country.
Masciarelli, a native of Northbridge, Mass., won the national championship at the 2018 Foot Locker Cross Country Championship held in San Diego on Dec. 8 with a time of 17:00.3, which edged Illinois’ Katelynne Hart by 0.7 seconds. It was her first season running cross country.
She also won the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championship with a time of 17.12.6 and the New England Prep School Division 4 championship in 17:51. Masciarelli also won the Canterbury Invitational and the Wayland Cross Country Festival.
“Sydney is a quietly confident and extremely humble athlete who has an unmatched natural ability for running,” Marianapolis coach Emily Gaudet said in a statement, provided by Gatorade. “She never makes a big deal about her achievements and is always looking to improve.”
In addition to her prowess on the course, she is also a standout in basketball and has volunteered locally at food pantries, youth basketball camps and for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.
Masciarelli has maintained a 3.51 GPA in the classroom. She is now a finalist for the 2018 Gatorade National Cross Country runner of the year, which will be announced in February.