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THE WINNER: Emma McMillan
School: Barrington (R.I.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to the All-State Meet individual championship this past season with a time of 18:22.99, leading the Eagles to the state title as a team. A first team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, McMillan also led Barrington to the team championship at the Class A state meet, breaking the tape in 18:35.33. McMillan placed third at the New England Cross Country Championships in 19:07.13 and took seventh at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 18:43.6. She finished 11-0 during the regular season.
Academic excellence: Also an accomplished swimmer, McMillan has maintained a 4.00 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s choral ensemble, she has donated her time on behalf of her church and as a youth swimming instructor.
“Emma’s trajectory as a cross country runner has been unparalleled among her peers in Rhode Island,” said Barrington head coach Annmarie Marino. “This past season, she was our No. 1 runner, leading her team to an undefeated season. Emma runs for the shear fun of the sport. Her composure as a newcomer to the sport was an example for all to see. Whether covered in mud, sweat or red in the face from an all-out effort, Emma always wore a smile and offered an encouraging word to her teammates and competitors.”
McMillan will begin her sophomore year of high school next fall.