Bishop Chatard Sr. Lily Cridge was named Gatorade Indiana Girls XC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The senior was undefeated during the IHSAA season, simultaneously breaking multiple course records and capping it by winning her 2nd Cross Country State title during her campaign. At the Noblesville Regional, she set a time of 16:46.00, the fastest time ever run in the state of Indiana. She also holds the all-time Indiana woman’s 5K in a time of 16:22.81 from the 2021 Garmin RunningLane Championships where she placed 2nd.
Read Gatorade’s full press release below.
CHICAGO (January 23, 2023) – In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s top high school athletes, Gatorade today announced that Bishop Chatard High School’s Lily Cridge is the 2022-23 Gatorade Indiana Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Cridge is the inaugural Gatorade Indiana Girls Cross Country Player of the Year, chosen by Bishop Chatard High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic achievement but also high academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field, recognizes Cridge as the top Indiana high school cross country player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Cridge joins an elite alumni association of state honorees including Natalie Cook (2021-22, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas) , Katelyn Tuohy (2019-20, North Rockland High School, Thiels, NY), Megan Goethals (2009-10, Rochester High School, Rochester Hills, Michigan) and Jordan Hasay (2008-09, Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School, San Luis Obispo, California).
The 4-foot-10 senior, the state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, raced to a second straight single-state championship last season with a time of 17:14.6. Cridge also broke the ribbon at the section, regional, and semi-state championships, repeating her performances in the junior year. She finished fourth at the Nike Midwest Regional Championships and finished 28th at the Nike Cross Nationals.
As leader of the Circle City Conference Leadership Summit, Cridge has also been an active member of St. Simon the Apostle Church, where she also serves as a Bible camp volunteer. She has also volunteered locally on behalf of the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana by providing meals to the homeless. “Lily Cridge was again one of the most consistent contenders nationwide, with eight straight wins to open the season, highlighted by winning back-to-back state championships and promotion to Nike Cross Nationals,” said Erik Boal, editor at DyeStat.com. “Cridge’s success was magnified by defending her Indiana State title against one of the elite state fields across the country, including multiple national qualifiers.”
Cridge has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom. She signed a national letter of intent to receive a scholarship to the University of Oregon this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes a winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that federate high school football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ Sanctions Soccer, Baseball and Softball, and Athletics for Boys and Girls and recognizes a national player of the year in each sport. The selection process is managed by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which uses experts such as coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help rank and determine the state winners in each sport.
Two-time winner Cridge joins Karina James (2020-21, Lowell High School), Erin Strzelecki (2019-20, Bishop Dwenger High School) and Emma Wilson (2018-19, Greencastle), recent Gatorade Indiana Girls Cross Country Players of the Year were high school), on the state’s list of past honorees.
Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means passing it on to the next generation. Through Gatorade’s Play it Forward initiative, each Player of the Year will receive a stipend to give to one of Gatorade’s social impact partners to support Gatorade’s ambitions to advance the future of sport. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year grants have totaled more than $3.5 million for more than 1,300 organizations.
For nearly 40 years, Gatorade has honored high school athletes at the top of their game as teammates, supporting their communities and achieving academic success. From CEOs and coaches to elite athletes and community leaders, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport.
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