CHICAGO (January 23, 2023) — In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today
announced Haley Loewe of Bentonville High School is the 2022-23 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Country
Player of the Year. Loewe is the first Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from
Bentonville High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Loewe as Arkansas’ best
high school girls cross country player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country
Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Loewe joins an elite alumni association of state awardwinners, including Natalie Cook (2021-22, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas), Katelyn Tuohy
(2019-20, North Rockland High School, Thiels, N.Y.), Megan Goethals (2009-10, Rochester High School, Rochester
Hills, Mich.) and Jordan Hasay (2008-09, Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School, San Luis Obispo,
The 5-foot-6 junior raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:43.7,
leading the Tigers to a fifth consecutive team title. Loewe also won the prestigious El Caliente race at the Chile
Pepper Festival along with earning All-America honors by finishing 19th at the Garmin RunningLane National
Championships in Alabama.
A member of the National Honor Society while previously attending Hudson High in Wisconsin, Loewe has
remained active with the organization following her move to Bentonville. She has also been part of a servicemission trip with Bethel Lutheran Church and is registered for a second one this year, in addition to working with
Feed My Starving Children. Loewe also volunteers locally as a youth basketball coach.“Following her arrival from
Wisconsin, Haley Loewe made a profound impact in her first season for one of the most storied programs in
Arkansas, winning her debut at the prestigious Chile Pepper Festival and helping Bentonville capture a fifth
consecutive team state championship,” said Erik Boal, an editor for DyeStat.com. “She also earned All-America
honors competing for the first time at the RunningLane National Championships in Alabama.”
Loewe has maintained a 4.07 weighted GPA in the classroom. She will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of
the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls
basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player
of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection
Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and
determine the state winners in each sport.
Loewe joins recent Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Country Players of the Year Olivia Pielemeier (2021-22, Lake
Hamilton High School), Mia Loafman (2020-21, Rogers High School), and Ali Nachtigal (2019-20 & 2018-19, Rogers
High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.
Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means paying it forward for the next generation. Through Gatorade’s Play it
Forward initiative, every Player of the Year receives a grant to give to one of Gatorade’s social impact partners,
supporting Gatorade’s ambition to fuel the future of sport. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants have
totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.
For nearly 40 years, Gatorade has honored high school athletes at the top of their game as teammates, supporting
their communities and achieving academic success. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes and community
leaders, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport.
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