Box Elder High's Kelsey Braithwaite capped her high school cross country career by being named the Gatorade Utah Girls Runner of the Year. She is the first Gatorade winner from Box Elder.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, as well as academic achievement and character. Braithwaite is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Runner of the Year award.
Braithwaite, a 5-foot-2 senior, raced to the state 4-A championship this past fall, running in 17:36.4 She also took second at the Foot Locker West Regional championship in 17:55, later placing eighth nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship. She won the BYU Autumn Classic and was second at the Bob Firman Invitational to cap her senior cross country season.
"Kelsey hasn't missed a day of running since eighth grade," coach Wayne McConkie said.
Braithwaite, who has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom and volunteered through her church at a local nursing home, is undecided on a college destination.