2020 D1 Large Girls XC Runner of the Year: Jenna Hutchins

Jenna Hutchins rewrote the record books in 2020.

She set a state record and won her second XC state championship.

She became the first high school girl to break 16 minutes in cross country.

And she set a national record and American U20 record on the track to finish her season.

(Related: Click here for full race video of Jenna Hutchins' American U20 5k record in South Carolina)

All of these things make Hutchins our 2020 Division One Large Schools Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

The Science Hill junior finishes 2020 as a state champion, national champion and one of the all-time greats in Tennessee and America for high school distance running.

She is now one of five women in the American U20 category to ever run faster than 15:40 for 5K. A few weeks ago, she was also named the MileSplit50 Runner of the Year for the 2020 season.

A few months ago, in August, she set a new junior national class record for 3,200 meters, posting a new career best mark of 9:49.83 at the Music City Distance Carnival.

Hutchins has now become the only high school girls athlete to ever break 16 minutes in the 5K more than once across the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field season. 

We salute Jenna's historic season. And we're looking forward to seeing what she does next!

At age 16, she has lots of great running still ahead of her.