ST. MARYS, W.Va (WTAP)- “There’s a famous quote, I don’t know who it’s by. It goes along the lines of ‘If you think you can win, you will. If you think you will lose, you will.”
Brady Gorrell had a big senior year. He graduated from St. Marys High School in 2018 with honors, he was a successful track athlete who overcame numerous injuries, and he faced one of the biggest challenges of his life when his mother passed away from kidney cancer.
“He wasn’t able to throw down the times he wanted. His workouts weren’t as good as he needed. At the beginning of the year, we thought he had a shot at some state records,” says Steven Nutter, a track coach at St. Marys High School.
“At the beginning of the season, I decided I had a choice. I could either waste the six years of running before and just be with my family, or I could continue running and go for my seventh year despite my leg injury and try to do as best as I could…Before she passed away she told me that she wanted me to run, so that was a big push to continue running,”
Brady made it to the state tournament last year, just a couple months after his mother’s passing.
After success in the team events, Brady started down one of the most taxing races of all.
“Mentally, we thought he had been in the best place he had been all year,” said his coach.
In the final stretch of the race, Brady legged out a first place finish in the 3200.
“You saw a whole stadium stand, cheer, clap, because they knew how important it was to this young man and how much effort it was,” he continues.
“I honestly was just kind of relieved, as everyone else was, that I’d finally done what I came to do,” expressed Gorrell.
“It was truly an emotional and an amazing time, for not only Brady, but his whole entire family, and the community of distance running,” adds Coach Nutter.
As Gorrell approaches Mother’s Day without one of his biggest supporters, he says he had a good idea about how she would feel about his accomplishments.
“I went there and I did as good as I could possibly do, and that’s all my mother would have cared about. That’s all the community would have cared about, is that I did the best I could.”