Gatorade announced Jake Liebert of Wando High School is the 2023-24 Gatorade South Carolina Boys Cross Country Player of the Year. Liebert is the first Gatorade South Carolina Boys Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from Wando.
The 6-foot, 130-pound senior broke the tape at the SCHSL Class AAAAA state meet this past season, winning by more than 27 seconds in a time of 15:19.79 and leading Warriors to third place as a team. Top-five finishes at two of the nation's premier invitationals-the Great American Cross Country Festival and the Southern Showcase-plus a First Team All-Region performance at the Foot Locker South Championships were among Liebert's season highlights. He took 11th at the national Foot Locker championships to earn Third Team All-America honors.
A guitar enthusiast who also enjoys cooking in his free time, Liebert has volunteered locally as a youth coach for the Mt. Pleasant Track Club. He has also mentored the community's middle school population in the sport of cross country as well as track and field.