From many, there will be one. While there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior sprinter, Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.)
Greatness Present: Brown gave her future fans a glimpse of what they have in store for the next four years. Competing with her talented Lincoln-Way East teammates this past weekend at the Texas Relays in Austin, the A&M-bound senior won the Division 2 100-meter dash in 11.63 seconds, the third-fastest time in the nation this year.
Brown also anchored her team to victories in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays — the latter in a U.S.-best time of 1:37.55, which broke the Illinois state record by more than three seconds.
Greatness Past: The returning Gatorade Illinois Girls Track & Field Athlete of the of the Year, Brown won the Class 3A 200-meter state title as a junior, while finishing second in the 100 and both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. In 2012, she also clocked the fourth-fastest 100 time in the country (11.44). This past indoor season, Brown recorded the third-fastest 60-meter time in the nation.
Greatness Future: Brown has signed to run at Texas A&M.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year races aren’t over, and the National AOY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.