AUSTIN, Texas -- Honoring the nation's elite high school athletes for more than 17 years, Gatorade(R) Thirst Quencher, in partnership with Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine, today announced Brendan Christian of Reagan High School as the 2002 Gatorade National High School Boys' Track & Field Player of the Year. The award, which also factors in academic achievements and overall character, distinguishes Brendan as the nation's best high school male track & field athlete.
Brendan won the Texas Class 4A state and Region IV championships in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash this year. He also won 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the National Golden West Track and Field Championships. "Brendan is quiet and reserved, you would not know he is a world class sprinter if you just met him," said coach Paul Darby. "He is extremely fast and very smooth. He has tremendous range from the 400-meter dash on down."
Off the track, Brendan graduated with a 3.4 GPA and will attend the University of Texas next year with the 2002 Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Player of the Year, Sanya Richards, and the 2001 Gatorade Girls' Track & Field Player of the Year, Ychlindria Spears.
The 2002 Gatorade National High School Track & Field Player of the Year selection was made by the Gatorade National Advisory Board, comprised of 10 national and regional sports journalists, who collected nominations from all over the country. Brendan was selected from more than 493,000 high school male track & field athletes nationwide.
"We believe true success in high school athletics is predicated on more than just skill," said Gatorade Vice President of Sports Marketing Tom Fox. "While Gatorade athletes are the best in their sports, being a winner also means having character, being a leader, and caring as much about your test scores as your game scores. Brendan Christian is a shining example of the positive role sports can play in a teenager's life."
Brendan joins an outstanding list of past Gatorade National High School Track & Field Players of the Year:
Year Name High School/Hometown Status
2001 Alan Webb South Lakes, Reston, VA University of
2000 Donald Sage, Jr. York, Elmhurst, IL Stanford
1999 Jacob Freeman Bishop, Hendricken, RI Manhattan College
1998 Jon Stevens Mission San Jose, Stanford
1997 Sharif Karie West Springfield, University of
Springfield, VA Arkansas
1996 Michael Granville Bell Gardens, UCLA
Bell Gardens, CA
1995 Michael Stember Jesuit, Carmichael, CA Stanford
1994 Andre Scott Seminole, Seminole, FL Auburn
1993 Charles Mitchell Waco, Waco, TX Mississippi State
1992 Sheddric Fields South Oak Cliff, Univ. of Houston
Dallas, TX Graduate
1991 Bryan Bronson Jasper, Jasper, TX Rice University
1990 Brent Noon Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA Univ. of Georgia
1989 Dion Bentley Penn Hills, Univ. of Florida
Pittsburgh, PA Graduate
1988 Art Skipper Jr. Sandy, Sandy, OR Univ. of Oregon
1987 Kamy Keshmiri Reno, Reno, NV Univ. of Nevada
1986 Eric Mastalir Jesuit, Carmichael, CA Stanford University