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THE WINNER: Reagan Anderson
School: The Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Athletic achievement: She won the Division II individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:59.07, leading the Hornets to a ninth consecutive title as a team. Also the Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year as named by the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country & Track Association, Anderson captured 12th place at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships in 17:59.5 and finished 72nd at the NXN Final in 21:09. She won four regular-season meets by an average of 17.3 seconds in addition to clocking the state’s fastest time at the prestigious Great American Cross Country Festival.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Anderson has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as part of the stage crew on multiple school theater productions, she has volunteered on behalf of school community initiatives and the historic Hagley Museum Gardens.
“She had some issues with her leg late in the season, so she wasn’t able to train, and that’s what impressed me the most,” said Tatnall head coach Patrick Castagno. “Even through that, she carried us as a leader, got up every morning to work extra hard just so she could run on the weekends. She wasn’t able to race during the week, but she gutted it out, stayed humble, stayed positive, stayed focused and brought us to the national championships.”
THE FUTURE: Anderson has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Vanderbilt University beginning this fall.