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Cherry Creek's Riley Stewart named Athlete of the Week

Stewart, a senior cross country runner for the Bruins, completed a three-peat in the 5A girls race at the state championships on Saturday.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Another week, another state champion claiming the 9Preps "Swag Chain" as their own. 

Riley Stewart of Cherry Creek cross country was named 9NEWS Athlete of the Week, earning her the trophy we're using this year to recognize stellar athletic performances.

Stewart, a senior cross country runner for the Bruins, completed a three-peat in the 5A girls race at the state championships on Saturday.

The Stanford-bound star clocked a winning time of 17 minutes, 20.9 seconds to finish off a stellar high school career. She also helped Cherry Creek place second in the 5A team standings behind Arapahoe.

9Preps reporter Scotty Gange surprised Stewart on Wednesday during her advanced fitness class to celebrate the accomplishment. 

Stay tuned to see who wins the Swag Chain next week!

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