Moses Brown Student-Athlete Named Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track and Field Player of the Year

Honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade recently announced rising sophomore Sophia G. ’23 as its 2019-20 Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Sophia is the first Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Moses Brown.

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 Sophia as Rhode Island’s best high school girls track & field athlete.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June, Sophia joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Lolo Jones, Allyson Felix, Robert Griffin III, Grant Fisher and Candace Hill.

The 5-foot-6 freshman set state records in the 500-meter run and the 800-meter run during the 2020 indoor season. Sophia was the state’s top-ranked runner this past winter in the 200, 300, 500, 600, 800, 1000, 1500 and mile and owned Top-50 national rankings at every distance from the 500 to the mile. Running for her Providence Cobras club team this spring, she shattered the state record in the 800 by more than five seconds with a time of 2:03.36, which ranked as the nation’s No. 32 clocking in history among prep competitors. Her 2:03.98 in the 800 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet in February set a national freshman record.

Sophia has volunteered locally at an urban elementary school and as a youth track coach. Sophia is dedicated, competitive and works hard at her sport, noted by coaches as an intelligent racer.

Sophia has maintained a 3.79 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her sophomore year of MB this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Sophia joins recent Gatorade Players of the Year, also from MB: Oluchi Ezemma ’18 (Girls’ Basketball, two-time recipient), Ali Blanchard ’18 (Softball) and Poom Mera ’17  (Soccer).