2015 - 2016 GATORADE
NATIONAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KATIE
RAINSBERGER
DIS
AIR ACADEMY HS
USAFA, COLORADO
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-9
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
16:57
NATIONAL TITLE AT NIKE CROSS COUNTRY FINAL
17:39
COURSE RECORD AT 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
17:07
NXN SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-9 senior raced to the national title at the Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season, breaking the tape in 16:56.8. The state's returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Rainsberger was unbeaten against all distance competit

Academic Achievement


Rainsberger has maintained a weighted 4.49 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary Character


A member of the National Honor Society and sports editor of her school newspaper, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the USATF as well as charity road races. The recipient of the Sportswomen of Colorado 2015 High School Cross Country Award, Rainsber

THE INTERVIEW


G: What is your team motto?

KR: Our team motto is "find your why". Running isn't always easy or enjoyable but if you have a reason why you are doing it then it all gets put into perspective. Your why should get you out the door, through a workout, and past the pain of racing.

G: What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?

KR: I would tell freshman to keep everything enjoyable and to be patient. Success doesn't happen over night but, instead, through layers of consistent, positive training. Working hard and having fun are the keys that will lead to the greatest enjoyment and longevity.

G: What is your favorite highlight from this year?

KR: My favorite moment(s) from this year has to be winning our schools first ever team state championship in cross country and individually taking home the Nike Cross Nationals title.

G: What training habit has the most impact on your performance?

KR: The most important training habit for me isn't a single workout or drill, but rather, a collective series of solid, consistent training blocks that allow my confidence to build. Of course drills, plyometrics, yoga, and strength training are all a part of my routine, but by having consistent training, and staying injury free, I have seen the most improvement and success.

G: What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?

KR: My coach has always been one of my greatest supporters. Through good races and bad ones, great workouts and injuries, he has always taught me that to be a great runner, you have to be a better person. At the end of the day, you will only go as far as your character will allow, so he always has me focus on the positive of each race or day as an experience to be put in the books.