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: Haley Crouser
School: Gresham (Ore.)
Athletic achievement: Crouser set the national record in the javelin throw this spring, with a season-best winning toss of 181 feet, two inches at the Aloha Relays. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, she won three individual Class 6A state titles and led the Gophers to a third-place finish as a team. Crouser launched the javelin 170 feet, 11 inches, won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.58 seconds and captured the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 6 inches. She also won the javelin throw at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships.
Academic excellence: Crouser has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs and an environmental project aimed at restoring the natural habitat on a section of Kelley Creek.
“Crouser is pretty special,” said Doug Binder, ESPNHS senior track and field editor. “She might be the National Track Athlete of the Year this spring, and as good a javelin thrower as she is, she could be an even better heptathlete. Her personal bests in those seven events stack up very nicely against anyone.”
THE FUTURE: Crouser will begin her senior year of high school this fall.