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: Precious Holmes
School: Hillhouse (New Haven, Conn.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Holmes won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.51 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 53.92 at the State Open this spring, leading the Academics to second place as a team. A two-time returning All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, she swept the 200-meter dash in a class-record 24.04 seconds and 400-meter dash in a class-record 54.42 at the Class MM Championships. Holmes also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 3:58.43. She clocked a 52.67 in the 400-meter dash at the Loucks Games, which ranked as the nation’s No. 4 performance by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Holmes has maintained a B average in the classroom at New Haven Academy, where she attends high school and which does not offer a track program.
Exemplary character: She has donated her time as a youth track instructor in addition to volunteering annually on behalf of her track club at a local road race.
“I can wholeheartedly endorse Precious Holmes as the Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year,” said Lin Schulte, head coach at rival Jonathan Law (Milford, Conn.). “She possesses all the qualities necessary while remaining humble and being a role model for other athletes.”
THE FUTURE: Holmes will begin her senior year of high school this fall.