The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Brody Smith
School: Cody (Wyo.)
Position: Distance Runner
Weight: 130 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to his second straight Class 3A individual championship this past season with a time of 15:23.3, leading the Broncs to a second-place finish as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Smith won the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships, breaking the tape in 15:23.6. He went on to compete at the NXN Final, where he finished 12th in 15:23.9.
Academic excellence: Smith has maintained a 3.89 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and Cody C.A.N. (Changing Attitudes Now), he has volunteered locally as a math tutor and on behalf of various community food drives.
“Brody Smith is intrinsically motivated to be the best he can be,” said Cody High head coach Maggie Kirkham. “He has to train almost completely solo since no one else on the team is close to his training or racing paces. He does well because he is so mentally tough.”
THE FUTURE: Smith has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at Utah State University beginning this fall.