Pine Crest junior, Tsion Yared, was named the Gatorade Florida Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The two-time cross country state champion and two-time cross country national qualifier, won the 2A state championship in a time of 17:26.63 to lead the panthers to a runner-up finish.
Throughout the 2018 season, we watched Yared break numerous meet and course records, having her best cross country season yet, as a junior!
Along with a fantastic running resume, Yared is a stellar student. According to the Gatorade Florida Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year press release, Yared participates in service-mission trips to Ethiopia and volunteers locally for the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian athletes as well as maintaining a superb 4.85 GPA in the classroom.
Yared joins many fantastic high school athletes that have gone off to do amazing things at the collegiate athletic level since their award. Athletes like Ana Wallace (2017-2018), Bailey Hertenstein (2016-17 and 2015-16), Rafaella Gibbons (2014-15), and Emily Edwards (2013-14) have all gone to run at the next level and have excelled in their collegiate programs.