Francis 3-peats with yearly Gatorade award

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

JDHS junior cross country runner Leah Francis was awarded her third consecutive Gatorade Alaska Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award recently, continuing her dominance of the state's hoofing hardware after winning her third 4A state title in as many tries in 2008.

Francis also added the cross country honor to her other Gatorade award this season - as girls track and field athlete of the year.

"Leah's just continued to amaze us with her work ethic and dedication towards getting better and better," JDHS co-coach Guy Thibodeau said. "She's excelled in all areas, including the classroom. We're lucky to have such a great role model for all the other kids on the team."

Francis is once again eligible for Gatorade's National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award. She also will receive a recognition package from Gatorade that will include a custom water bottle.

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