2016 athletes of the year
Brie Oakley, High School Female Athlete of the Year Track & Field Year Honored : 2016
Brie Oakley
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Grandview High School, High School Female Athlete of the Year

The blistering pace Grandview High School’s Brie Oakley has set in Colorado and national track and cross-country circles is simply astonishing. 

In less than two years of running competitively in high school, Oakley is the top-ranked cross-country runner in the nation, according to MileSplit.com. Not bad after joining the Grandview cross-country team in the fall of 2015 at the suggestion of a friend.

After finishing second in the Class 5A state cross-country meet in her first season, Oakley hit her stride last spring at her initial state track meet. She won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in the top classification, and in winning the 3,200 race in 10 minutes, 33.16 seconds, Oakley broke the 26-year-old Class 5A state-meet record previously held by Boulder High School’s Melody Fairchild.

Oakley, a senior, continued her ascension last fall during the cross-country season when she set a course record at the prestigious Liberty Bell Invitational and did the same at the Class 5A state meet, winning by 1 minute, 21 seconds against the eighth-ranked runner in the country. The former premiere soccer player then set her sights on the national stage by running the nation’s top three-mile time at a California meet.

“Brie is hyper-focused,” Grandview cross-country coach Allyson Robbins told The Denver Post. Oakley, who has committed to the University of California, then won the Nike Cross-Country national championship in Portland, Oregon, in December. Her time in the 5-kilometer race (17:10) was nearly 30 seconds better than the runner-up.

In January, she was named the Gatorade National girls cross-country runner for 2016.