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: Charlinda Ioane
School: Kapolei (Hawaii)
Athletic achievement: Ioane captured the state championship in the shot put this spring with a state-record throw of 45 feet, 9.75 inches at the state meet. Named the Most Outstanding Athlete at the Punahou Relays this past season, she also placed second in the discus, launching it 128 feet, four inches. Ioane captured first place in the shot put (46 feet, 5.5 inches) and the discus (147 feet, five inches) at the Punahou Relays, which ranked as the nation’s No. 27 and No. 46 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Ioane has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time to the Special Olympics and the Girls Scouts of the United States of America, she has volunteered as part of multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of her school and church.
“She stepped up and performed,” said Kimo Weaver, head coach at rival Kamehameha High of Hawaii. “Ioane stood out. The state record topped off everything she’d been doing throughout the season. She’s very competitive. I was lucky enough to see her throw. Ioane just has a presence. She’s very calming. People quieted when she prepared to throw. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Ioane has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this fall.