Desert Vista junior state champion Dani Jones was selected as the Gatorade Arizona Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
She won the Division I state title and then earned All-American status at the Nike National Cross Championships in Portland, Ore. She didn’t lose a race against an Arizona opponent all season.
The recognition package Jones receives will include a trophy and formal letter from Gatorade. The school will receive a banner and trophy. As the state winner, Jones is now eligible for the national award, which will be announced in coming weeks.