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THE WINNER: Kate Hall
School: Lake Region (Naples, Maine)
Event: Sprints and jumps
Athletic achievement: The 5-foot-4 junior won four individual championships at the Class B state meet this season, leading the Lakers to fourth place as a team. The state's returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Hall broke the tape in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83 seconds and the 200 in a state-record 24.36. She also recorded winning leaps of 19 feet, 0.5 inches in the long jump and 36-5.5 in the triple jump. The state record-holder in the 100, 200 and long jump, she placed third in the 100 in 11.45, sixth in the long jump in 19-4.25 and eighth in the 200 in 24.01 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships.
Academic excellence: Hall has maintained a 3.8 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also an accomplished pianist, she has volunteered locally as a youth track instructor and at a food pantry. A Type 1 diabetic, Hall also donates her time encouraging children with diabetes to pursue their athletic aspirations.
“She is a wonderful and an amazing young athlete,” said Danny Paul, head coach of rival Falmouth. “She is dedicated and incredibly focused. She competes with class and always treats all of her fellow competitors like they are her equal, and that’s a pleasure to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Hall will be a senior this fall.