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THE WINNER: Sydnei Murphy
School: Apex (N.C.)
Athletic achievement: She soared 19 feet, 5.25 inches to win the long jump and leapt 39-7.5 to capture the triple jump at the Class 4A state championship meet this spring. Murphy also finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship, Her season-best effort of 41-7.25 in the triple jump ranked as the nation’s No. 3 distance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Murphy has maintained a weighted 4.37 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community and a math tutor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and youth sports programs.
“Sydnei is one of the hardest working athletes that we have had in our program in the past 30 years,” said Apex coach Roy Cooper. “This year she was willing to add the triple jump as one of her events, and she broke the school record on her first attempt and ultimately won the state championship.”
THE FUTURE: Murphy will be a senior this fall.