BLITZ Cross Country Runner of the Year Watch List

There will be several trail runners in 2021 to look out for. We give you the top boys and girls this season on our radar to go for Runner of the Year.

GIRLS

  • Lucy Alexander – Tallulah Falls SR – Region 3rd; State 24th; PR 21:11
  • Paden Bell – Commerce JR – Region Champion; State 4th; PR 20:52
  • Nealeigh Broadwell – White
  • Campbell Chambers – Union SR – Region 9th; State 74th; PR 25:30
  • Miranda Chapa – Tallulah Falls SR
  • Jenna Chesser – Tallulah Falls SO
  • Lily Gearing – White
  • Christina Gergeni – Rabun
  • Hana Gregory – Union SR – Region RU; State 31st; PR 23:04
  • Abbie Hilchie – Lumpkin SR – Region 16th; PR 22:03
  • Lucy Hood – Rabun SO
  • Ryann Jones – Lumpkin SO – Region 20th; PR 23:14
  • Elizabeth Knight – Dawson
  • Katherine Law – Jefferson SR – Region Champion; State Champion; PR 17:55
  • Anna LeCave – Dawson SO – Region 15th; State 32nd
  • Allison Markham – Towns SR – Region 6th; State 22nd; PR 23:20
  • Alessandra Olivares – Banks
  • Natalie Payne – Union SO – Region 16th; State 77th; PR 26:39
  • Jules Phillips – Dawson SO – Region 18th; State 34th
  • Kiley Powell – Jefferson SO – Region 5th; State 11th; PR 19:43
  • Ella Reynolds – Habersham Central SR – Region 18th; PR 26:18
  • Madison Strickland – Stephens JR
  • Jayden Taylor – Towns JR – Region 5th; State 28th; PR 23:26
  • Reese Vandegriff – White
  • Ermay Vazquez – Commerce JR
  • Grace Witherspoon – Stephens SR – Region 11th; PR 22:25
  • Molly Jo Wright – Rabun JR – Region Champion; State 25th; PR 22:03

BOYS

  • Walker Bailey – Tallulah Falls JR
  • Nic Cotton – Banks SR
  • Ben Davis – Jefferson
  • Jones Harris – Lumpkin SR – Region 26th; PR 18:12
  • Lance Kelley – White
  • Buck Ledford – Banks SR – Region Champion; State 5th; PR 16:27
  • Steven Petty – White
  • Ryan Martin – Habersham Central
  • Ryan McGinnis – Dawson
  • Evan Prince – Tallulah Falls SR – Region Champion; State 17th; PR 15:42
  • Zander Rotko – Union SO – Region 8th; State 66th; PR 18:52
  • Grady Sanders – Stephens JR – Region 5th; State 21st; PR 17:04
  • Matthew Schroeder – Jefferson SR – Region 5th; State 9th; PR 16:19
  • Ben Sherrill – Lumpkin SO – Region 18th; PR 17:54
  • Ethan Smith – Dawson SR
  • Zhigao Henrry Xiong – Tallulah Falls JR
  • Mason Yeamons – Towns
  • Andrew Zafra – Rabun SR – Region 10th; State 54th; PR 19:23
  • Josh Zelaya – Commerce

Who’s the early favorite?

For the girls, it’s obviously Katherine Law (Jefferson), the reigning BLITZ Runner of the Year. But Paden Bell (Commerce), Molly Jo Wright (Rabun), and even fellow Jefferson runner Kiley Powell pose real threats. For the boys, it would appear to be Evan Prince’s (Tallulah Falls) to lose. On his heels is Matthew Schroeder (Jefferson) and Buck Ledford (Banks).

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