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: Maggie Ewen
School: St. Francis (Minn.)
Athletic achievement: Ewen won the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, eight inches and set a meet record by launching the discus 171 feet, nine inches at the Class AA state meet this spring. A three-time First Team All-State selection, she earned third place in the discus at this month’s USA Track & Field Junior National Championships with a mark of 171 feet. Her throw of 172 feet, seven inches at the North Suburban Conference Championships in May set a state record and ranked as the nation’s No. 2 throw by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Ewen has maintained a 3.9 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her school’s peer leadership team and as a youth track and field coach.
“Maggie Ewen is one of the finest competitors I have ever encountered,” said St. Francis head coach Andy Forbort. “Despite all her amazing success and talents, she is the most humble and modest athlete I have ever met.”
THE FUTURE: Ewen will begin her senior year of high school this fall.