Katherine Leggat-Barr of Greely High School in Cumberland has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Maine Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, becoming the second honoree from the Cumberland school in as many years.
The Rangers’ Kirstin Sandreuter was the award recipient last year.
Leggat-Barr, a 5-foot-7-inch sophomore, won the Class B individual state championship with a time of 19 minutes, 17.12 seconds and led the Rangers to the state team title. Leggat-Barr went on to capture 32nd place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 19:25.
In addition to finishing the 2014 season unbeaten against Maine prep cross country competitors, she clocked an 18:51 at the Western Maine Conference meet, which ranked as
the state’s fastest 5-kilometer time of the season.
Leggat-Barr has maintained a 4.0 grade point in the classroom, and in addition to serving as a member of her school’s debate team and qualifying for the statewide science fair project competition, she has manufactured cider for Rosemont Market and Bakery during the past three autumn harvests.
“She is an aggressive, talented racer,” said Danny Paul, head coach of rival Falmouth High School, in a news release. “In all her races I have seen, she pushes herself and anyone who can run with her. My observations of her interactions with teammates and coaches have been refreshing; she cares about her team. Our girls have shared nothing but positive comments regarding her as an opponent and fellow athlete.”
Leggat-Barr joins Sandreuter, Bethanie Brown (2012-13, Waterville), Abbey Leonardi (2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2008-09, Kennebunk), and Anna Makaretz (2007-08, Yarmouth) as athletes who have won the Gatorade cross country award since its inception in 2007.