Annie Fink Named Louisiana Gatorade Runner of the Year
It's not exactly the Heisman Trophy, but for a high school athlete a Gatorade Player of the Year award is about as close as you can get, and this year our very own Annie Fink is one of this year's recipients.
Now in its 35th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company this week announced Runnels senior Annie Fink as its 2019-2020 Gatorade Louisiana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year! She is the second Running Raider to earn this honor, following in the footsteps of Matt Rice, a 2010-11 winner.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character, distinguishes Annie as Louisiana's best high school girls cross country runner and makes her a finalist for the super-prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country of the Year Award to be announced next month.
Annie has had a phenomenal senior season. She won the 2019 LHSAA Class B State Championship in Natchitoches, posting the fastest all-class time of the day and setting a new course record with a time of 18:25 to finish 1:04 ahead of her next closest competitor. This past season, she nailed five first-place finishes and placed second in two of her races. Annie was named to the Advocate's All-Metro Girls Cross Country Team as a junior and senior, and this year was selected as the team's Most Outstanding/Valuable Female Runner of the Year.
As a 2019 LHSAA All-Academic Composite Cross Country Scholar, Annie truly represents the tradition of the scholar-athlete at Runnels. Active in the Student Ambassador Club and the National Honor Society at school, she volunteers extensively as a member of the National Charity League, helping the homeless, the elderly, and underserved children. A three-year member of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra, she also serves as the concertmaster (first chair, violin) of the Runnels String Orchestra. In the fall, she will run cross country and track for LSU as a preferred walk-on.
Annie is the daughter of Julie and Linn Fink.