CHICAGO — Billings Senior's Tiahna Vladic is the Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Also the state's 2016-17 Gatorade Runner of the Year, Vladic won the State AA championship with a time of 17:40.71, leading the Broncs to a third-place finish. Vladic finished the state course 22.79 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
She was also second at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships and 19th at the NXN Final to earn All-American honors.
Vladic was also the state cross country champion in 2016. In 2017, Vladic was second at the state cross country meet. She was third at the state meet in 2015.
The standout runner also won the prestigious Mountain West Classic for the third year in a row last fall. In November, Vladic signed a national letter of intent with Boise State.
"Tiahna is a top-notch competitor," Kalispell Flathead coach Jesse Rumsey said in a press release. "She is an incredibly gritty athlete. The Montana women's field for distance running is very deep, and she has pushed herself to the top."
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also academics and character. After winning the state award on Monday, Vladic is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award, which will be announced in February.
Vladic had a 3.78 GPA and has volunteered at the Montana Marathon and as a youth running coach.