From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their 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, Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Greatness Present: Davis-White’s final appearance in a Boyd Anderson uniform could hardly have gone better.
The senior sprinter won two individual state championships on Saturday, leading the Cobras to a second-place finish at the Class 4A state meet. Davis-White won the 200-meter dash with a state-record time of 23.05 seconds and captured the 100-meter dash in 11.70 seconds. She also anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 46.66 seconds.
Her 200-meter time eclipsed four-time Gatorade Florida Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year Erica Whipple’s previous record by 0.31 seconds, setting a new national standard among prep competitors in 2013 and placing her third on the current World Juniors list.
This past winter, Davis-White also owned the nation’s fastest indoor time in the 200, winning the New Balance Indoor Nationals in 23.48.
Greatness Past: Davis-White finished second in both the 100 and 200 at the Class 4A state championships as a junior, ranking among the country’s top eight prep competitors in both events in 2012.
She also placed fourth in the 100 and seventh in the 200 at the U.S. Junior Nationals this past summer. Davis-White’s parents were raised in Jamaica, so she is eligible to compete for either the U.S. or Jamaica in international competition.
Greatness Future: Davis-White will attend Florida State.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year races aren’t over, and the National AOY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.