TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Twin Falls High School's Mattie Geddes is the 2018-19 Gatorade Idaho Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The junior is the first ever Lady Bruin to accomplish this feat. Geddes is now eligible for the national Gatorade award that will be announced in February.
She won the state championship for the second year in a row, took fifth at the Nike Cross Northwest Regional Championships and followed up that performance with a ninth place finish at the national final.
Here's what Geddes had to say, "overall I was just surprised I actually got it." "My coach was the one who really encouraged me to do it and helped me get all the stuff in, so I'm really grateful for her and all the work she has put in to help me get here."
Coach Tonia Burk added, "I am so happy for Mattie, she truly deserves this." "It is a reflection of her constant commitment to hard work and determination. I nominated her for this because I felt she was the best choice."
Geddes also maintains a 4.0 GPA and volunteers through her church youth group.
She has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing. She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice.
She's the second local athlete to win a Gatorade Player of the Year award this school year, as Declo's Keegan Duncan earned the honor for football.