Brooke Wilson Claims Gatorade Colorado Athlete Of The Year

PRESS RELEASEIn its 38th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Brooke Wilson  of Valor Christian High School is the 2022-23 Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Wilson is the first Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from Valor Christian High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Wilson as Colorado's best high school girls cross country player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Wilson joins an elite alumni association of state awardwinners, including Natalie Cook (2021-22, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas), Katelyn Tuohy (2019-20, North Rockland High School, Thiels, N.Y.), Megan Goethals (2009-10, Rochester High School, Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Jordan Hasay (2008-09, Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School, San Luis Obispo, Calif.).

The 5-foot-9 senior raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a meet-record time of 16:59.2, leading the Eagles to third place as a team. Wilson also won the Desert Twilight Festival in Arizona and took second at Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, earning All-America honors for the second time in her career following her 12th-place finish at the Garmin RunningLane National Championships in 2021.

Wilson has volunteered locally with Open Door Ministries and their initiative to help feed the homeless in addition to working with Operation Christmas Child and Art For The Nations. She also works in her church nursery. 

Wilson has maintained a 3.52 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at Wake Forest University this fall.

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 leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport. Wilson joins recent Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Players of the Year Riley Stewart (2021-22, 2020-21, & 2019-20, Cherry Creek High School) and Quinn McConnell (2018-19, Peak to Peak Charter School), among the state's list of former award winners.

Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means paying it forward for the next generation. Through Gatorade's Play it Forward initiative, every Player of the Year receives a grant to give to one of Gatorade's social impact partners, supporting Gatorade's ambition to fuel the future of sport. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners' grants have totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.

For nearly 40 years, Gatorade has honored high school athletes at the top of their game as teammates, supporting their communities and achieving academic success. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes and community leaders, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport.

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