CHICAGO — Camila Noe of Bozeman High School is the 2017-18 Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, the company announced Monday.
Noe is the third runner from Bozeman to be chosen.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Noe as Montana’s top runner. She is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced by the end of the month.
The senior won the Class AA state meet this past season in 17:28.0, breaking the tape 37.8 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor and leading the Hawks to their 11th consecutive state title.
Noe also shaved nearly nine seconds off the course record at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships with her winning time of 17:13.5. She finished 51st at the NXN Final, leading the Hawks to a fifth-place finish in the national team competition.
Noe has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and she has donated her time to multiple community road races.
“Camila was the most consistent female runner in the state and had a great state meet,” said Nathan Gregier, head coach of Great Falls CMR. “She handles pressure very well and always runs her own race.”
Noe has maintained a 3.52 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to run cross country at the University of Portland this fall.