Grandview's Brie Oakley wins Gatorade cross country award

State cross country

(Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Grandview senior Brie Oakley was named Colorado's Gatorade girls cross country runner of the year on Monday morning.

Oakley, who won the Class 5A state meet with a course record of 17:07.83, now becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced in a few weeks. During the regular season, she also set a course record at the prestigious Liberty Bell Invite.

A University of California recruit, Oakley went on to win at the NXN Southwest Regionals, and became a national champion by winning the Nike Cross Nationals Final.

After the season, she was named the 5A runner of the year as part of the All-State teams.

"I've had very competitive, talented runners before in our program, but Brie is simply at a different level," said Grandview coach Allyson Robbins in a statement. "She has the whole package. She is a physical phenomenon, her mental strength is unparalleled and her discipline pertaining to the details of becoming a champion are constant and unwavering."

Oakley carries a 4.60 weighted GPA in the classroom. She also volunteers for the Aurora Public Library.