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: Sasha Wallace
School: Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.)
Athletic achievement: Wallace won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.33 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 5.75 inches at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet this spring, leading the Monarchs to sixth place as a team. The 2011-12 Bay Area News Group East Bay Female Athlete of the Year, her 100-meter hurdles time at the state meet and triple jump effort of 42 feet, 4.75 inches at the Mount Sac Relays each ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Those efforts also respectively ranked as the No. 9 and No. 32 performances in U.S. prep history.
Academic excellence: Wallace has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time to multiple youth leadership programs, she has volunteered locally at an assisted living facility, One Step Closer and the Oakland Bay Area Links service organization.
“She not only is a great athlete, but a person who puts being a champion in perspective,” said Dennis Patrick, head coach at rival St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.). “She exemplifies the phrase, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ She mentors up-and-coming athletes directly, through encouraging them, and indirectly, by the way that she carries herself. She is humble and very coachable. Because of this positive attitude, I believe the sky is the limit for this student-athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Wallace will begin his senior year of high school this fall.