STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman Mississippi State track and field standout Brandon McBride collected high honors Tuesday, as he claimed the Male Athlete of the Year title presented by the 8th Annual Windsor Essex County Sports Person of the Year awards.
Since 2006, The WESPYs have recognized top individual and team athletic performances from Windsor and Essex counties of Canada.
“It means so much to me because of all I went through last year,” said McBride, who suffered two hamstring injuries prior to his start with the Bulldogs. “To still have a successful year, it shows anything is possible.”
McBride was the top Canadian high school athlete in the 400- and 800-meter dashes while at W.F. Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario. His personal-best performance in the 400-meter dash is 46.25 seconds, while his best 800-meter time is 1:46.07.
During the 2012 indoor track and field season, McBride displayed an unrivaled performance in the 800-meter run at the Meyo Invite in South Bend, Ind. His time of 1:47.74 seconds is the Canadian Indoor Junior National Record, as well as the No. 9 indoor time in the country for the season.
Just one of five MSU athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor National Championships this year, McBride was vital in helping his team to a 12th-place finish in the nation.
“In the past years, there have been so many great athletes who have won this award,” McBride said. “I know how prestigious it is, so I’m very honored and happy to be presented with such an award.”
While the young sprinter is only in his first year for the Maroon and White, his talents on the track exhibit those of a veteran. McBride is undoubtedly a valued asset to State’s program.
“We are very blessed to have Brandon as a part our MSU family,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “His performances speak volumes on the type of athlete he is, but we are even more pleased about who he is as a person. He is a true leader, and I look forward to continue working closely with Brandon to keep him going even further in his track career.”