Riley Chamberlain, right, was pushed by Abigail Fletcher during the Sierra Foothill League cross country championship race, which Chamberlain won in record time. (Dan Tyree photo)
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Riley Chamberlain, a junior distance runner at Del Oro High in the Sac-Joaquin Section, has been selected by Gatorade as the California High School Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Chamberlain, a two-time CIF-State cross country champion in Division III, went undefeated in her league races, setting a course record in winning a third consecutive Sierra Foothill League title. She also placed eighth overall at the AAU National Championships and fourth in the 15-16 age group.
Junior Stormy Wallace of Sage Creek (SD) ran an impressive fourth at that meet (17:17.15).
- Aislin Taylor of Monache (CS) was unable to test herself against the state's best in a season where she went undefeated in five races and won a second EYL championship in a three-mile PR of 18:06.76, finishing more than 97 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
- Jadyn Zdanavage of Portola (SS), who ran 18th at Desert Twilight in October, and went undefeated in five races this winter culminating in a 20-second advantage in winning the merge at the Pacific Coast League Duals. It was a second consecutive PCL title for Zdanavage, who placed 12th at the 2019 State Meet.
- Sophomore Jenna Justice of Etna (NS) went undefeated in four races, set 3-mile and 2.5-mile PRs, and won the SCL championship.
- Junior Madison Parrone of Oak Park (SS) went undefeated in four races and won the Coastal Canyon League title in a three-mile PR time of 19:10.60 a year after placing 12th.
- While freshman Kyra Fisk of La Jolla (SD) was stellar in a 5-0 season and an Eastern League title, sophomore Mallory Asis of Mira Mesa (SD) was even more impressive, going 6-0, winning a second consecutive Western League title, and setting course standards on the 3.11-Morley Field layout in three consecutive races crossing in 18:00.00 in the final.
- Freshman Denise Jie Yi Chen of Claremont (SS) went undefeated in five meets and won the Palomares League title by 27 seconds.
- Senior Brianna Weidler of Great Oak (SS) placed 10th at Desert Twilight and went on to go 5-0 in the winter XC season and win the Southwestern League title.