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: Mollie Gribbin
School: South Burlington (Vt.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Gribbin won four individual state championships at the Division I state meet for a second straight outdoor season and led the Rebels to a second-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25:16, the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.25 inches and the triple jump (39-10). Also the triple jump champion at the New England Outdoor Championships, Gribbin concluded her prep track career with 22 individual state titles and 11 state records.
Academic excellence: Gribbin has maintained a 3.82 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her church youth group, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit leukemia research and as a youth track coach.
“Mollie Gribbin has been the best athlete in Vermont for the past two years in any sport,” said Chip Langmaid, head coach of rival St. Johnsbury Academy (Vt.). “She has not only destroyed records and won championships, but she has competed in any event that her team needed. I watched her when she was 8 years old and she hasn’t stopped. It has been an honor to compete against her and simply to enjoy watching her compete.”
THE FUTURE: Gribbin will attend Dartmouth College this fall, where she will compete with the track & field team.