Grandview’s Brie Oakley named nation’s top girls cross country runner

Oakley, a senior who’s committed to run at the University of California at Berkeley next year, was given the award just 18 months after she began running competitively.

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Grandview High School’s Brie Oakley was named the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country of Runner of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. Oakley, a senior who’s committed to run at the University of California at Berkeley next year, was given the award just 18 months after she began running competitively.

Two-time Olympian and professional distance runner Molly Huddle stopped by Grandview, which is in Aurora, to deliver the award in person.

Oakley did not lose a single race this season. In October, she won the Class 5A individual state championship by running a course-record of 17:07.83. Then in December, she won the Nike Cross National Finals with a time of 17:10.1.

This is the second straight year a Colorado girl was named the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year. Katie Rainsberger, who attended Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, won it in 2016.

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