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: Gabby Williams
School: Reed (Sparks, Nev.)
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Williams won three individual state championships this spring and led the Raiders to a third-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.11 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 42.86 and the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches. Williams cleared 6-1.5 in the high jump at the Northern Regional meet which ranked as the No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a weighted 3.59 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally providing Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children and as a youth basketball coach and instructor.
“When I think about what sets Gabby apart from the rest of her competition it is her dedication, work ethic and her love for competition,” said Reed head coach Dale Moss. “She is always constantly working on her skills, especially her weakness. When she is asked to do something by her coaches, even when it is harder or above her current abilities, she says she can do it.”
THE FUTURE: Williams will begin her junior year of high school this fall.