Mountain Vista's Jenna Fitzsimmons named girls XC runner of the year by Gatorade

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Mountain Vista's Jenna Fitzsimmons, the reigning Class 5A individual champion, has been named Colorado's girls cross country runner of the year by Gatorade.

She is the first girl from Mountain Vista to win the XC award. Fitzsimmons is the fourth recipient from the school in any sport.

Fitzsimmons, a sophomore, won the 5A title with a time of 18:10.3, and also helped the Golden Eagles win the team title. She placed sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championships, and 30th at the NXN Final.

After the season, she was named the 5A runner of the year as part of the all-state teams.

Fitzsimmons also has a 4.0 GPA, and volunteers locally to assist special needs children.

"Jenna works extremely hard and is one of the most coachable athletes to come through our program," Mountain Vista coach Eric Selle said in a statement. "She's very humble and always puts the team goals ahead of any individual goals she may have."