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: Alisha Adair
School: Western Hills (Frankfort, Ky.)
Athletic achievement: Adair won three individual state championships this spring and led the Wolverines to the Class 2A state championship as a team. She won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.32 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25.33 and the 400-meter dash in 56.53. Adair also ran the anchor leg of Western Hills’ winning 4x400-meter relay team. Kentucky’s 2012 Miss Track winner, she has won seven state titles in her prep track career, including four straight in the 200 meters.
Academic excellence: Adair has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The secretary of her school’s Cultural Diversity Club and a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally at a women’s shelter and as a clerk at middle school track meets.
“Alisha is blessed with some genetic ability, but she is a hard worker on the track in using that talent,” said Frank Miklavcic, the president of the Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association. “She has the ability to compete, but also when she is heads and tails above her competitors, she has the ability to drive hard to meet some goals rather than just take it easy for the win.”
THE FUTURE: Adair will begin her senior year of high school this fall.