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Miller, Brady Named Powerade All-Metro Runners of the Year

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NOVEMBER 20, 2020 -- ATLANTA -- Kamari Miller, a senior at Marietta High School and Mary Brady, a senior at St. Pius X Catholic High School were named the Powerade All-Metro Runners of the Year at an awards banquet hosted by Atlanta Track Club on YouTube Friday night. The Club honored 42 area cross country runners and named the first, second and third Powerade All-Metro Cross Country team on the broadcast which was not held in person for the first time in its 56-year history.

Miller won the 7A GHSA Cross Country State Championship on November 6 in Carrolton by nearly 38 seconds. His winning time of 15:29.72 shattered the course record and lead Marietta to the team title. The senior standout was undefeated in eight races during the 2020 season. "I just had a really solid training block that helped me hit some fast times this season," said Miller after the state meet. He said he's hoping to break 4:00 in the mile during the upcoming track season. Miller will compete at Syracuse University next fall. His award was presented by Justyn Knight, a Syracuse alum and the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Champion who currently runs professionally for Reebok.

Brady was the individual champion in the 5A race at the state meet, holding off her sophomore teammate and fellow first-team honoree Hannah Schemmel by 12 seconds. The pair helped secure the team win for St. Pius. Brady was undefeated against Georgia runners in 2020 and showed remarkable improvement over her junior season where she placed 7th at the state meet. She has not committed to a school yet, but does plan to run collegiately in 2021. "I just kept pushing this season because I never really thought there would be a state race," said Brady after her win in Carrolton. "I ran every race like it was last," she said. Brady's award was announced by 2012 Runner of the Year Allie Buchalski, a Johns Creek High School and Furman University graduate who runs professionally for Brooks.

The Powerade All-Metro Boys and Girls Cross Country first teams featured seven athletes each, including Miller and Brady. Of the fourteen runners, seven were individual state champions and the remaining seven finished no lower than third at the state meet. Team placement was decided by voting from area coaches and the general public. The first team is ranked by performance. The second and third teams are listed alphabetically. Complete teams can be found below. Any cross country athlete in Fulton and Dekalb County or any county that borders those counties is eligible for the Powerade All-Metro Cross Country team. Selections are based on performances throughout the season with heavy emphasis placed on the state meet.

Two coaches were also honored for their dedication to the sport at Friday night's banquet. Eric Daughtery of Union Grove High School won the award for the girls' coach. Chad McDaniel of Wesleyan School won the award for boys' coach.

The entire banquet can be seen here.


Held annually since 1964, the Powerade All-Metro Cross Country and Track and Field Banquets are Atlanta Track Club's oldest traditions, dating back to the Club's founding as an organization that celebrated the Atlanta area's thriving high school track and field community.

Powerade All-Metro Girls Cross Country First Team

Athlete

School

Year

Mary Brady

St. Pius X Catholic High School

2021

Makena Gates

Creekview High School

2021

Carmel Yonas

South Forsyth High School

2023

Hannah Schemmel

St. Pius X Catholic High School

2023

Hannah Minutti

Blessed Trinity High School

2021

Cara Joyce

Atlanta International School

2022

Ruby Little

Marist School

2024

Powerade All-Metro Boys Cross Country First Team

Athlete

School

Year

Kamari Miller

Marietta High School

2021

Sully Shelton

Harrison High School

2021

Zack Truitt

Landmark Christian School

2021

Hayden Marshall

Milton High School

2021

Edward Blaha

Pace Academy

2022

Joe Sapone

Holy Innocents Episcopal School

2023

Christian Gonzalez

Decatur High School

2022

Powerade All-Metro Girls Cross Country Second Team

Athlete

School

Year

Sarah Burwell

Walton High School

2021

Katie Hamfeldt

Blessed Trinity High School

2022

Elle Mezzio

Riverwood High School

2021

Gabby Parsons

Union Grove High School

2022

Morgan Grace Sheffield

Denmark High School

2024

Grace Von Biberstein

St. Pius X Catholic High School

2023

Allie Wardle

Brookwood High School

2023

Powerade All-Metro Boys Cross Country Second Team

Athlete

School

Year

Ethan Ashley

Denmark High School

2022

Will Bray

Brookwood High School

2021

Matthew Fernando

Westminster Schools

2022

Mac Howie

Wesleyan School

2021

Collin Jones

Carrollton High School

2021

James May

Marietta High School

2022

Eion McNally

Decatur High School

2021

Powerade All-Metro Girls Cross Country Third Team

Athlete

School

Year

Sophie Boice

Pope High School

2021

Makenna Calbert

Etowah High School

2022

Lorel Golden

Pope High School

2022

Johna Grisik

Marist School

2022

Sydney Lamberson

Lovett School

2021

Hayden Puett

Holy Innocents Episcopal School

2021

Claire Shelton

Dunwoody High School

2024

Powerade All-Metro Boys Cross Country Third Team

Athlete

School

Year

Ryan Boyle

St. Pius X Catholic High School

2022

Will Jennings

Carrollton High School

2023

Matthew Moore

East Coweta High School

2021

Patrick Pitts

Lovett School

2021

Andrew Todd

Parkview High School

2021

Joe Urbanowicz

Lovett School

2021

Adam Wade

Blessed Trinity High School

2021