Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 For Keene High School runner Chloe Maleski, it’s been a season of wins, awards and accolades.
And it just keeps getting better.
The standout senior, also a starter on the girls’ basketball team, today was named Gatorade’s New Hampshire Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The Gatorade Co. is in its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, doing so in collaboration with ESPN RISE.
The award recognizes not only athletic excellence but standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off, in this case, the running courses.
Maleski won the N.H. Meet of Champions, helping Keene to a sixth-place team finish, and was tabbed runner of the year by New Hampshire Cross Country Journal.
She also placed 23rd at the New England Championships and 14th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships.
Maleski joins an elite alumni association of past state and national winners in a dozen sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo, Mich.), Kevin Garnett (1992-93, Maudlin HS, South Carolina) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, California).
Maleski maintains a 3.56 grade point average in the classroom and is a member of Keene High’s Chinese and Interact clubs.
She has not decided on a college, but has visited Duke and Georgetown and both are at the top of her list, she said.