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: Hillary Holmes
School: Exeter (N.H.)
Athletic achievement: Holmes won three individual state championships at the Division I meet and the Meet of Champions this spring. At the Division I state meet, she won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.75 inches and the triple jump with a leap of 38-2 and led the Blue Hawks to the state title. Holmes also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.81 seconds and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94. She concluded her prep track career with seven state titles and the state record in the indoor long jump (18-6.25).
Academic excellence: Holmes has maintained a 3.84 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Selected to attend a state leadership convention for high school athletes, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit the Special Olympics and food pantries and as a youth basketball instructor.
“Hillary Holmes has been dominant,” said Bob Mullen, co-president of the New Hampshire Track & Field Coaches Association. “She is a true student-athlete and an awesome talent.”
THE FUTURE: Holmes will attend Cornell University this fall, where she will compete with the track & field team.