“Following three years of winning state titles in the highest classification in the state, Lauren Ping elevated to another division and captured a fourth career cross country championship in her first season as a student at Valley Christian,” said Erik Boal, an editor at DyeStat.com. “Her victory added to one of the most remarkable resumes in Arizona prep distance running history.”
editor at DyeStat.com
The state’s three-time returning Gatorade Player of the Year as a former student at Desert Vista High, the 5-foot-10 senior raced to the Division 4 individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:53.2, leading the Trojans to fourth place as a team. Ping also won the Fountain Hills Invitational, finished eighth at the Desert Twilight Festival and took 19th at the Champs Sports West Regional Championships.
Ping has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at Oklahoma State University this fall.
Ping has volunteered locally at Project Gold Running Camp and also participated in a school service project in which students volunteer at local churches.