Mississippi Girls Track AOY: Erika Sisk

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: Erika Sisk


School: Oxford (Miss.)

Grade: Senior

Event(s): Jumps/sprints

Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Sisk soared 40 feet, two inches to win the triple jump and captured the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, four inches at the Class 5A state meet, leading the Chargers to the championship as a team. She also ran the lead leg on the victorious 4x400-meter relay team and finished fourth in the 400-meter run.

Academic excellence: Sisk has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a basketball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives and youth sports programs.


“Erika is one of those special athletes who has a positive impact on the team as a whole,” said Oxford coach Jamie Perkins. “She hasn’t had the type of training specifically for jumping, but she has been blessed by God with such natural talent.”

THE FUTURE: Sisk has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Murray State College this fall.