* Sophia Nordenholz (left) won the NPOTW Week 16 honor; Natalie Cook (right) is a nominee for Week 17 of the cross country season
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The California State Cross Country Championships consisted of many strong races across the board.
In the Divison 4 Championships, Sophia Nordenholz caught many eyes after her performance. The Albany senior ran the fastest time of the day on the Woodwark Park course.
The University of Washington signee ran a lifetime best for 5K in 16:46.00 as she claimed the individual title. Her performance became the fifth-fastest time in state history.
Throughout the week, Nordenholz earned just over 300 votes to claim this week's National Performer Of The Week presented by New Balance winner. Congratulations!
Let's move on to week 17 of the cross country season National Performer of the Week presented by New Balance poll.
Vote for whom you think should win this week's national honor following this most recent week of action. Voting will end Friday, and we'll recognize the winner every Monday during the unveiling of the newest poll. Better yet, each boy and girl winner will win a pair of New Balance shoes.
We are requesting winners (or their parents or coaches) from each week to email Cory Mull at email@example.com and Olivia Ekpone at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your contact.
For NPOTW winners dating all the way back to July 12, we haven't forgotten about you! We have kept track of your information and will email you once the New Balance order goes out. Stay tuned!
Vote below in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments. For reference, check our Top 25 Cross Country Performances of the Week. You can also vote in our National Boys Performer of the Week poll.
NPOTW Cross Country Winners:
- Week 1 Winner: Karina James, Lowell (IN)
- Week 2 Winner: Lily Cridge, Bishop Chatard (IN)
- Week 3 Winner: Avalon Mecham, American Fork (UT)
- Week 4 Winner: Nicki Southerland, Delta (IN)
- Week 5 Winner: Bethany Michalak, Air Academy (CO)
- Week 6 Winner: Dalia Frias Mira Costa (CA)
- Week 7 Winner: Karrie Baloga, Cornwall (NY)
- Week 8 Winner: Ciara O'Shea, Madison Central (KY)
- Week 9 Winner: Ali Weimer, Saint Michael-Albertville (MN)
- Week 10 Winner: Thais Rolly, McLean (VA)
- Week 11 Winner: Lilly Shapiro, Colts Neck (NJ)
- Week 12 Winner: Ruth White, Orono (ME)
- Week 13 Winner: Rachel Forsyth, Ann Arbor Pioneer (MI)
- Week 14 Winner: Ali Weimer, Saint Michael-Albertville (MN)
- Week 15 Winner: Karrie Baloga, Cornwall (NY)
- Week 16 Winner: Sophia Nordenholz, Albany (CA)