Memorial’s Matthew Schadler is the 2017-2018 Gatorade Indiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The IU commit is the first Gatorade Runner of the Year selected from Memorial High School. The award recognizes outstanding athleticism, academic achievement, and character demonstrated on and off the field.
The five-foot-11, 142 pound senior raced to an eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships this past season with a time of 15:08.8. He was also the top Indiana runner at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional.
Schadler also earned victories at the Sectional championships, the Warrior Invitational and the Kentucky-Indiana Border Clash, while placing fourth at the state championship meet with a time of 15:29.
As an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and president of his chapter of the 4-H Club, Schadler organized a mission trip to Guatemala to build a home for a family in need. He also has a 3.6 GPA.
Schadler will be able to pick a national or local youth sports organization that will receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.