Anna Gibson of Jackson Hole High School has been named the 2016-17 Gatorade Wyoming 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 Gibson as Wyoming’s best high school girls cross country runner.

The 2013-14 Gatorade State Runner of the Year, the 5-foot-5 senior finished fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals Final with a time of 17:40.9 this past season to earn First Team All-American honors. Gibson set a state record in winning the Class 4A state meet in 17:35.20, breaking the tape 27.73 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor and leading the Broncs to a third straight first-place finish as a team and first in Class 4A after moving up a classification. She is a four-time First Team All-State selection.

The president of her school’s National Honor Society, Gibson has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and as a middle school running coach. Gibson has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. She has made a verbal commitment to attend Brown University in Rhode Island, where she will run cross country and track, this fall.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Gibson will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. 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.

Gibson is the first Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Jackson Hole High School.

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