Cherry Creek High School’s Riley Stewart on Thursday was named the Gatorade Colorado girls cross country player of the year for the second straight year.
The 5-foot-11 junior won the Class 5A individual state championship with a time of 17 minutes and 33.7 seconds, leading the Bruins to a team title as well. Stewart also won the individual crown in her sophomore season and finished fifth overall as a freshman.
“Her toughness and hard work, combined with her natural abilities, make Riley a force to be reckoned with,” Cherry Creek head coach Ethan Dusto said in a news release. “Over three years of coaching, I can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve given her a workout that was too hard or that she couldn’t complete, and even then I had to pull her out, because she would never pull herself out of a workout.”
In addition to her accomplishments as a runner, she has a 4.04 grade-point average.