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: Mary Cain
School: Bronxville (N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: Cain captured the state championship in the 1,500-meter run this spring with a time of 4:19.78. She also clocked the second-fastest time in U.S. prep history (4:14.74) while winning the 1,500 at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships, and finished first in the mile at the Penn Relays in 4:39.28, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Her season-best time of 2:03.34 in the 800-meter run ranked as the second-fastest time in the nation this spring.
Academic excellence: Cain has maintained a 4.10 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf the Westchester Shore Humane Society and youth track programs.
“Mary is the perfect type of athlete to coach,” said Bronxville coach Ed Stickles. “She listens to everything we have to say about her training and doesn’t second guess us on any of the workouts. She sacrifices many social activities that occur normally in the life of a high school student to train hard and go home to finish her studies.”
THE FUTURE: Cain will begin her junior year of high school this fall.