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THE WINNER: Zola Golden
School: Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: She won the 400-meter run at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships this spring with a time of 53.22 seconds. Golden captured the Div. 1 state championship in the event with a time of 55.02, and also won the New York Federation 400 title in 54.00. Golden’s season-best clocking of 52.82 ranked as the nation’s No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Golden has maintained a B-plus average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of Meals on Wheels and youth arts programs.
“Zola is a coach’s dream,” said Arlington coach Steve Arnett. “Her prodigious talent is exceeded only by her work ethic. She’s the complete package athletically, as a teammate and in the classroom.”
THE FUTURE: Golden will be a senior this fall.