Reagan Riley Wins Gatorade Player of the Year


  • Monday, January 23, 2023 — In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade announced today that Mountain Brook High School's Reagan Riley is the 2022-23 Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Riley is the second Gatorade Alabama Girls Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from MBHS (Madeline Morgan: 2007-08, 2008-09) and the 11th individual athlete from MBHS to receive a Gatorade Player of the Year award.

    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 Riley as Alabama’s best high school girls cross country runner. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

    The 5-foot-6 senior raced to a second straight Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:57.30, leading the Spartans to back-to-back team titles. Riley also won the Southern Showcase and took second at Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational in Washington. She placed ninth at the Garmin RunningLane National Championships. The co-president of the Justice Club, organized to raise awareness about human trafficking, Riley has also volunteered locally at Alabama Game Changers, where she tutors autistic youth to make them feel comfortable in new environments. She is also the secretary of the Civitan Club, which plans service projects within her community.

    Riley has maintained a weighted 4.16 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

    Click here to learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program.

     

    **Past MBHS Gatorade Player of the Year Recipients**

    Charles Wood

    2002-03

    Boys Soccer

     

    Austin McKee

    2004-05

    Boys Soccer

     

    Nathan Diel

    2009-10

    Boys Soccer

     

    Nathan Diehl

    2010-11

    Boys Soccer

     

    Madeline Morgan

    2007-08

    Girls Track & Field

     

    Madeline Morgan

    2007-08

    Girls Cross Country

     

    Madeline Morgan

    2008-09

    Girls Cross Country

     

    Leigh Haynes

    2014-15

    Girls Soccer

     

    Sara Carr

    2015-16

    Volleyball

     

    Trendon Watford

    2018-19

    Boys Basketball

     

    Grace Carr

    2019-20

    Volleyball

     

    Jack Heaps

    2021-22

    Boys Soccer

     

    Isabel Smith

    2021-22

    Girls Soccer

     

    Reagan Riley

    2022-23

    Girls Cross Country