BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character." This is the second consecutive year Vanriele has been honored with this award.
Vanriele, a junior, won her third consecutive Meet of Champions title in this past season's 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.43. The state's returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Vanriele also won the 400 (55.02) and the 800 (2:08.36) at the Group 2 state meet. She took second in the 800 at the Brooks PR Invitational in 2:05.15, which ranked as the nation's No. 4 performance among prep competitors in 2019 at the time of her selection.
Outside of track, Vanriele is a dedicated musician and serves as an active member in her church community, raising money to benefit hunger relief efforts and taking part in an anti-bullying campaign, all while maintaining a 4.60 GPA in her classes.
“Victoria continues to amaze, both on and off the track" said Governor Livingston coach Daniel Guyton. “What she's doing is outstanding and frankly, unmatched. She's been a leader, a role model and an inspiration." .
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 awrds one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.
Two time winner Vanriele joins Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Sydney McLaughlin (2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, Union Catholic High School), and Keturah Orji (2013-14, Mount Olive High School) among the state's list of former award winners.