BENNINGTON — The awards keep pilling up for former Mount Anthony athlete Rebecca Crosier. After being named the Female Athlete of the Year during the fourth annual Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All Stars awards show on Monday night, Crosier was named as the Vermont Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday.
Gatorade describes its athlete of the year awards as "the most prestigious honor in high school sports."
Crosier had a dominate winter track season, repeating as a three-time state champion. She won the the 55-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.06 seconds, defeating the second place finisher by one one-hundredth of a second.
Crosier left no room for doubt in her other two wins at the University of Vermont state meet this February. She posted a 5.14 meter ( 16 feet, 10.5 inches) long jump. The runner up fell over a foot short of Crosier's mark. Her third individual state championship came in the 300-meter race. Crosier posted a time of 43.30 seconds, more than 1.2 seconds faster than the second place finisher. There was a seven meter, or nearly 23 feet, distance between Crosier and her competition by the time she crossed the finish line.
Mount Anthony track and field coach Amanda Mullen said that she has seen these kinds of victories before, but normally only in distance events. For Crosier to be that far ahead of the competition in sprinting events like the 300 meters and jumping events such as the long jump speaks to Crosier's talent level.
"She's so talented in so many events," Mullen said. "I absolutely think she's deserving."
Mullen said its Crosier's work ethic combined with her talent that makes her such a talented athlete.
"She brought that drive to be better, but also to push everyone around her to be better," Mullen said.
Mullen said Crosier, a captain during her junior and senior seasons, would stand at the back of the line during drills at practice to make sure her teammates were doing the drills correctly, and was always willing to help her teammates.
Mount Anthony's relay teams have been more successful over the past few years. Crosier herself wasn't a part of the relay teams, but her dedication to make everyone around her better helped Mount Anthony track in events the state champion wasn't even participating in.
Mullen said two things come to mind when she reflects on Crosier's career at MAU. Crosier placed second in the Vermont state decathalon last year while coming off of a hip injury that sidelined the standout runner for almost four weeks. Despite the injury, she set a personal record and nearly one the entire event.
The other was pushing Crosier to compete in the hurdles. Crosier wasn't sure about competing in the event at first.
Mullen proved to be right, as Crosier won the state championship in the 55-meter hurdles this winter with a narrow .01 second victory.
"I knew she could do it," Mullen said. "I was really happy that she saw that she could do it."
Crosier challenged herself off the track at MAU, too. The Gatorade athlete of the year took honors classes, and excelled academically.
She graduated, along with the rest of MAU class of 2020, on June 12.