Congratulations to BCHS senior Lily Cridge, who was named the 2022-23 Gatorade Indiana Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. She is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award to be announced in January.
The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 4-foot-10 senior raced to a second straight individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:14.6. Cridge also broke the tape at the Sectional, Regional and Semi-state championships, repeating her junior year performances. She took fourth at the Nike Midwest Regional Championships and finished 28th at Nike Cross Nationals.
A leader at the Circle City Conference Leadership Summit, Cridge is an active member of St. Simon the Apostle Church, where she also serves as a bible camp volunteer. She has volunteered locally on behalf of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana by providing meals for the homeless.
Lily has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom and signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at the University of Oregon this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
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