2019 - 2020 VERMONT
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
AVA
THURSTON
DISTANCE RUNNER
HARWOOD UNION HS
MORETOWN, VERMONT
SOPHOMORE
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-5
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 19:19.9
DIVISION 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1ST
MANCHESTER INVITATIONAL
5TH
NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
“In my 45 years of coaching, I’ve never had an athlete as gifted, hard-working and unselfish as Ava. She’s a strong athlete who continues to improve, and her best is yet to come.”
John Kerrigan
Head Coach - Harwood coach

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-5 sophomore raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 19:19.9, leading the Highlanders to the state title as a team. Thurston also won the Manchester Invitational, the Burlington Invitational, the U-32 Invitational and the NVAC Mountain Division championships. She also took fifth at the New England Cross Country Championships.

Academic Achievement


Thurston has maintained a 3.74 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


A Nordic skiing standout, Thurston has volunteered locally as part of her school’s Refugee Outreach Club and its student leadership team.