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Brickell named Gatorade Georgia cross country runner of the year

Peachtree Ridge's runner Josh Brickell was named Gatorade's Georgia cross country runner of the year on Thursday.

It's the second year Brickell has earned the prestigious award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse.

"As a senior this year, Josh showed exemplary work ethic, always doing what it took to be successful," Peachtree Ridge coach Ron Clanton said. "Josh's actions show that he believes there are no shortcuts to success and that doing all the little things can make a big difference. He has developed into a leader on the athletic field and in the classroom. Throughout his four years, he has consistently held himself to high athletic and academic standards."

Brickell won his third straight cross country state championship in November with a time of 15 minutes, 55.32 seconds. He placed second at the FootLocker South regional and that earned him a spot in the prestigious FootLocker national championship in San Diego for the second year in a row.

Brickell maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans to run at Furman University next season.

Brickell is the second Gwinnett County runner to receive the high honor, joining Grayson's Kirubel Erassa in the 2009-10 school year.