West Virginia Girls Track AOY: Emily Godwin

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: Emily Godwin


School: Buckhannon-Upshur

(Buckhannon, W.Va.)

Grade: Junior

Event(s): Hurdles/jumps

Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Godwin won four individual state titles at the Class AAA state championship meet this spring and led the Buccaneers to a second-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.67 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 43.96, the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches, and the long jump (17-10.5). The state record-holder in both hurdle events and the high jump, her season-best clearance of 5-10 ranked No. 6 in the nation among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Godwin has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The president of her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the president of her school’s DECA team, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit breast cancer research and the American Heart Association in addition to donating her time on behalf of American Red Cross blood-donation drives.


“I put Emily in many different events this year to showcase what a great track athlete she is,” said Jackie Zuliani, head coach of Buckhannon-Upshur. “She has it all: speed, endurance, hurdling ability and is great with technique required for field events. She deserves every compliment or award given to her.”

THE FUTURE: Godwin will begin her senior year of high school this fall.