Brady Named Gatorade Georgia Girls' Cross Country Player of the Year
Senior Mary Brady has been named the 2020-21 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Brady is the first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from St. Pius X Catholic High School. She becomes the eighth Golden Lion student-athlete to earn Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year in their respective sports.
Brady led the Golden Lions to a second consecutive Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state title in 2020. She captured the individual state crown with a time of 18:47.62 to win by 7.99 seconds. Brady was unbeaten by Georgia competitors this year, winning six of nine meets and recorded the state's two fastest 5K times by a girl. She finished with a school-record 17:34.14 to earn Second-Team All-American honors with an 11th place finish at the RunningLane National Cross Country Championship. Brady was also selected the Atlanta Track Club 2020 Runner of the Year.
Brady has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to run at Georgia Tech. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.
She joins Asia Durr, a two-time Girls' Basketball winner, as the only other female student-athlete at St. Pius X to win the award. Boys' cross country runner Austin Sprague won the award in 2014 and boys' soccer has produced five winners, with Jimmy Maurer being the most recent recipient in 2007.
According to the its website, The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.