Last week was the 25th ESPY Awards, the annual ceremony devoted to honoring standout professional and collegiate athletes and teams of the past year.

It’s the sports equivalent to the Oscars or Grammys, so why not put a high school spin on the concept?

Over the past school year, all three McKinney school have showcased no shortage of notable individual and team athletic achievements, so it is only appropriate to put the last season of local city-wide sports into an award-winning perspective. In the coming weeks, the city’s top athletes, teams and games will be recognized among nine different awards.

With that said, Star Local Media presents the fifth edition of The Varsitys.

Best Performance

North’s London Culbreath’s Cross Country Season

In sports, there are a lot of athletes who are talented but very few who are special.

McKinney North freshman long-distance runner London Culbreath is definitely in the special category and trending towards being the one of the best runners in Texas high school history. Look no further than Culbreath’s immaculate resume through her first full cross-country season of competing on the varsity high school level.

The 5-foot-2 Culbreath raced to the Class 5A individual cross country state championship this past fall with a time of 17:06.72. Her time was an insane 44 seconds faster than her next competitor and the fastest 5,000-meter race ever run by a girl in UIL state meet history, for any classification.

Culbreath also won the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships in 17:33.8 and finished 12th nationally at the NXN Final to earn All-American honors in the process. After taking the cross-country season by storm as a freshman, it will be exciting to watch and see if Culbreath can top her historical season during her sophomore campaign.