A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Megan Moye
School: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.)
Athletic achievement: Moye won the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run at the Group AAA state meet this spring, leading the Titans to a second-place finish as a team. She also ran the anchor leg for Cosby’s 1,600-meter sprint medley team that finished first at this month’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 3:55.17. Among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection, Moye was ranked No. 7 nationally in the 1,600, No. 10 in the 800 and No. 13 in the 3,200. She is the only female runner in the country to rank in the top 30 in all three events.
Academic excellence: Moye has maintained a weighted 4.69 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Arts Honor Society, she has volunteered locally in neighborhood-beautification projects and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Megan Moye is without a doubt the best female distance runner in the state of Virginia the past four years,” said Stan Morgan, head coach at rival Midlothian (Va.). “She has great range. She is an outstanding student, an outstanding athlete, but most of all she is an outstanding person.”
THE FUTURE: Moye has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at North Carolina State University beginning this fall.