A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Josh Brickell
School: Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.)
Athletic achievement: Brickell raced to a second consecutive Class AAAAA individual state championship with a time of 15:40.68 this past season, leading the Lions to fifth place as a team. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Gwinnett Daily Post, he placed fourth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 14:41 and eighth at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:24.2. He finished 25th at the 2010 Foot Locker South Regional championships as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Brickell has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of his church’s youth group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.
“As a junior, Josh has proven to be one of those highly motivated athletes that will do whatever it takes to be successful,” said Peachtree Ridge head coach Ron Clanton. “He always does the little things to prepare himself for the competition. In his training schedule, there are never any shortcuts to success. He has devoted himself to high academic and athletic standards. He has developed into a leader in the classroom and on the athletic field.”
THE FUTURE: Brickell will begin his senior year of high school this fall.