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Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year
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Monique Henderson
Samuel F.B. Morse High School, San Diego, California

"Athletes like Monique Henderson are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best track athletes not only in the state of California, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." Henderson, who will attend UCLA, is the nation's top female sprinter. She will be going for her third straight state title in the 400-meter dash and her second straight 200-meter title this year. She set the national high school record in the 400 in the state finals last year - her time of 50.74 seconds marked the second week in a row she had set a national record in the event. She also has run the nation's fastest 200-meter time this year, in 23.16 seconds on April 21. Henderson also has run the 100-meter dash, a race that is not her specialty, in 11.61 seconds, and will try to set Southern Section records in all three events this week.



Sally Meyerhoff
Mountain Pointe High School, Tempe, Arizona

"Athletes like Sally Meyerhoff are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best track athletes not only in the state of Arizona, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." Meyerhoff excelled in both cross country and the distance track events during her career at Mountain Pointe. She was a two-time Class 5A state cross country champion, leading Mountain Pointe to the state team title last fall, and won back-to-back state crowns in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter, and 3,200-meter runs as well. Also an outstanding student, Meyerhoff earned a scholarship to Duke University. Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Meyerhoff's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.



Allyson Felix
Los Angeles Baptist High School, Los Angeles, California

"There are very few athletes that come along in any sport with the talent and drive that Allyson Felix demonstrates on the track," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Allyson Felix as the National High School Senior Girls Track Athlete of the Year." The California state champion in the 100-meter dash the past three years, and the champion in the 200-meters as a junior and senior, Felix has achieved well beyond even her outstanding prep accomplishments. With at time of 22.11 at the Grand Prix banamex in Mexico City this spring, Felix has announced that she is ready to compete with anyone in the world. Running times that are besting marks set by legendary runners like Marion Jones, it appears only a matter of time before the entire world, track fans or not, will know Allyson Felix as a household name.



Ashley Owens
Liberty High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Owens blazed her way into the NHSCA elite, as well as Carter.  Owens pulled the first ever four-peat double by winning the "4A" 100 and 200 meters at the Colorado state championships since her freshman year. She also doubled up for a pair of wins at the prestigious Great Southwest Classic Track Meet, and next will attend UNLV and hope to better her national indoor record for the 60 meters (7.19).



Alexandra Anderson
Morgan Park High School, Chicago, Illinois 

Anderson is about to conclude one of the greatest girls track and field careers in Illinois high school history. She will try to win the 100, 200, 400 and long jump titles for the second consecutive year, and if she does so, will be a four-time champion in the 100 and 200. She set a state record in the 100 as a junior, and her time of 11.41 was the fastest high school time in the nation and just 27 hundredths of a second off Marion Jones' national high school record time. Her times in the 200 and 400 were the second fastest in state history, and her winning long jump (19-11) was the longest in the state tournament in 17 years. She will continue her career at the University of Texas.



Griffin Matthew
Niwot High School, Longmont, Colorado

Matthew jumped 21 feet, 2 inches - the best high school girls long jump in 2005 and seventh-best all-time - to win the Simplot Games in Idaho last summer. At the Nike Indoor Championships, she won the long jump and the 60 meters. After winning the Class 4A state title with a state-record long jump as a sophomore, Matthew won four events - the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and the 4x100 relay - as a junior, and she posted the second-fastest time during the season (11.56) in the 100. Also an outstanding student, Matthew holds a 4.3 grade-point average in Niwot's International Baccalaureate program, and will attend Stanford University.



Bianca Knight
Ridgeland High School, Ridgeland, Mississippi

Already one of the greatest female athletes in Mississippi history, Knight broke her own state record in the 100 meters, running the race in 11.28. Her best 2006 time, 11.26, placed her among the top 40 runners in the world at any level. She won her sixth state title in the 100, her fifth title in the 200 and her fourth title in the 400, leading Ridgeland to the Class 4A team title. Knight won two gold medals at the 2005 IAAF Youth World Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, taking the 100 (11.38) and running a leg of the winning U.S. medley relay team, and added a silver medal in the 200. She also holds four of the nation's top 12 indoor sprint times this year. A rare Gatorade National Player of the Year selection as a junior, she will attend the University of Texas.



Emily Reese
Chamblee High School, Chamblee, Georgia

Reese finished off a Dandy Dozen - state titles, that is - in the track and field state meet this month. She took home her fourth Class 3A state championships each in the 1,600 and the 3,200, to go with four state cross-country crowns. As a junior, Reese turned in times of 4:47.96 in the 1,600 and a state-record 10:16.05 in the 3,200 - both times the second best in the nation. Last fall, her winning cross-country time of 17:14 beat her nearest competitor by 1 minute, 14 seconds. Recognized as Athletes Only Athlete of the Week for the week of April 23, 2007, Reese won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national title last year and was selected the Gatorade Georgia Cross Country Runner of the Year this year. In March, Reese finished 30th in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, helping the U.S. squad finish sixth. Also an outstanding student with a 4.15 grade-point average as well as an accomplished pianist, Reese will attend Harvard University.



Toni Young
Del City High School, Del City, Oklahoma

The 6-foot-1 Young will play basketball at Oklahoma State University, but may be a better track and field athlete. On the same day Finley cracked the national high school record book, Young joined him, tying the 15-year-old high jump record by leaping 6 feet, 4 inches in the Norman North Invitational. Young also cleared 6-0 and 6-2 in the same meet as she broke her own state record. Her 6-4 jump stood as the world's longest this year until it was bettered in a European professional meet May 8. Last weekend, she took her third Class 6A state title with a leap of 5-6. Raised in a household of 10 children by a single mother, Young didn't play on traveling teams or attend elite camps. But she could dunk a basketball as a junior, and this year, she led Del City's basketball team to a 24-5 record and the 6A state title, averaging 14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. She was named Big All-City Player of the Year by The Daily Oklahoman, which also named her to its All-State First Team.



A’Lexus Brannon
Ozen High School, Beaumont, Texas

The University of Texas recruit ended her career as one of the top jumpers in Texas high school history. She won her fourth 4A state title in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 inches, winning the event by nearly 2½ feet with the nation’s longest jump this season. She followed that with another national-best jump, a personal best 42 feet, ¾ inch in the triple jump, her third state title in that event, to extend the status she already held as the national leader and giving her seven gold medals in state competition. Brannon was the long jump champion in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships last year, with a leap of 19-10¼, and finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-6½, and has competed in both events and the 100-meter hurdles in national events. In the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships, Brannon finished eighth in the long jump and 15th in the triple jump in 2009.



Morgann LeLeux
Catholic High School, New Iberia, Louisiana              

The nation’s top female pole vaulter capped an enormously successful high school career with the two best state series vaults of her career. In the 3A region meet, she cleared 14-2¾ to set a national record. Tori Anthony of Palo Alto (Calif.) Castilleja High had set the indoor record (14-2) and the outdoor record (14-1) in 2007. LeLeux had cleared 14-1 indoors this year to rank No. 2 all-time indoors, and she has cleared as high as 14-9 outdoors in practice. LeLeux followed her record region jump by setting the all-class record of 13-9 at the state outdoor meet, her fifth consecutive state title after a second-place finish as a seventh-grader. LeLeux also was a five-time Division 2 indoor state champion, marred only by a second-place finish as an eighth-grader. As a junior, LeLeux set national junior class and age 17 records when she first cleared 14-0, and also holds the national freshman record (13-2). A four-time National Junior Champion, LeLeux set a National Scholastic Juniors record and captured titles at the Nike Indoor, the National Scholastic Indoor and the New Balance Outdoor meets in 2010 and finished fifth at the 2009 World Youth Championships at Bressanone, Italy. She will attend the University of Georgia.  



Shelbi Vaughan
Legacy High School,Mansfield, Texas

The three-time state discus champion set a national high school record in the event at the Texas Relays on March 31. Her throw of 191-6 bettered by nearly 15 feet the personal best she had established just one week earlier, and broke the national record of 190-3, which had stood since 2009. She went on to set the all-class state record in the 5A state meet with a throw of 187-10, and also won her first shot put title with a throw of 50-1¼.She was the state runner-up in the shot put her sophomore and junior seasons. This year’s discus title was her second in 5A.After transferring from Azle High School, where she won the 4Adiscus title as a sophomore with a throw of 144-8, Vaughan won as a junior with a then-5A record throw of 161 feet. Deceptively fast despite her 6-foot-2 frame, she also ran on Legacy’s 4x100relay team. Last summer, Vaughan won the discus at the USATF Outdoor Junior Championships at Eugene, Ore. (165-5) and the Pan-American Junior Championships at Miramar, Florida (174-3).  She was the bronze medalist at the IAAF World Youth Championships at Lille, France (172-6). Her meet-best throw of 176-5¼didn’t count because it occurred in the preliminaries. An all around athlete, Vaughan started playing T-ball at age 3, played basketball until her sophomore year and, despite her track and field accomplishments, will attend Texas A&M University on a volleyball scholarship, though the outside hitter plans to compete in both sports. Vaughan, who holds a 3.7 grade-point average,led her team in kills (579), blocks (70) and aces (51) and was second in digs (367).



Haley Crouser
Gresham High School, Gresham, Oregon  

Haley Crouser holds the United States high school national record in the javelin with a throw of 181-feet, 2-inches. She set that mark as a junior and continued he outstanding career as a senior by being ranked #1 in the nation throughout the year on her way to a gold medal in the Oregon Class 6A championships – her fourth title in the event. Crouser, who will attend the University of Oregon, also won the gold medal in the shot put this past spring.



Ariana Washington
Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, California

Ariana Washington closed-out her high school career by winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 in California state championship meet. It was the third time in a row that Washington accomplished that double. She also captured gold by anchoring Poly’s 400 relay team. The back-to-back-to-back gold medals left her one shy of Marion Jones who did it four straight times while at Thousand Oaks High School. This year’s gold medal performances 11.22 in the 100 and 22.96 were both national best times in America this past year. Both were not that far behind the national high school records of 11.14 in the 100 in 1992 by Jones and 22.52 in the 2000 by Allyson Felix of Los Angeles Baptist High School in 2003. Felix was the 2003 NHSCA Girls’ Track & Field National Athlete of the Year. Washington was named’s 2013-14 Female Athlete of the Year.



Jasmyne Graham
Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, California

Jasmyne Graham captured two gold medals this year in the CIF championships. Graham edged defending champion Mecca McGlaston of Dublin HS in the 100 hurdles final.  Her time of the 13.17 seconds was the best in the nation this year.  She then went-on to claim gold the 300 hurdles.  Graham will attend USC.



Cassondra Hall
Warner Robins High School - Warner Robins, Georgia

Cassondra Hall capped a decorated high school career with first-place GHSA Class AAAAA individual titles in the 100 and 200 meters. She was also part of the Demons’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which finished second in the state meet, carrying Warner Robins to a state runner-up finish.  Hall will leave high school and head to run for LSU as a three-time 200-meter and four-time 100-meter state champion, and for the third year in a row, she is the Macon Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.



Kethlin Campbell 
Shelbyville Central High School - Shelbyville, Tennessee

Kethlin Campbell captured three gold medals this past year by winning the 100- and 200 meter dash titles, plus the long jump at the Class AAA championships.  Her winning jump of 20-feet 3.5 inches was the sixth best in the nation in the spring during the 2016-17 school year. Campbell also won the Tennessee Indoor State Championship in the 200-meter dash and she’s the 60-meter state record holder.  Campbell won over 30 medals during her scholastic career. Campbell, who owns a 3.98 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars.  She’ll attend Duke on a track and field scholarship. Campbell was also Gatorade’s Tennessee Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Campbell is the first Tennessee student-athlete to win the NHSCA Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award. 






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