The 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track and Field teams are coordinated by Fred Baer, the founder of Track and Field Writers of America. Girls selections are made by Mike Kennedy, the high school editor of Track and Field News.
Criteria included ranking on USA TODAY and Track and Field News national lists and the number of top performances along with head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
Athletes are listed alphabetically in each general event area.
Races in meters unless noted. [Field events in feet and inches]
HSR indicates all-time U.S. high school record mark.
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second), over the limit for record purposes.
i = performed indoors.
* = repeat All-USA performer.
Note: Two 2014-15 ALL-USA underclass athletes who turned professional this season and are in Europe this month competing for Nike, were not considered for ranking or ALL-USA honors. They are 17-year-old Kaylin Whitney, who made headlines setting the (now former) high school 100-meter record of 11.10 in 2014 as a sophomore at East Ridge (Clermont, Fla.), and Camas (Wash.) senior Alexa Efraimson, who so far this season has run 2:01.13 in the 800 and 4:03.39 in the 1,500. Whitney set a World Youth (age 16-17) record of 22.47 in the 200 meters last month, finishing fourth in open competition at the USATF Championships. She missed a World Championships berth by just .03. She ran a wind-aided 11.01 for third place in the 100 at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9.
Sprints (100, 200)
*Teahna Daniels, First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), Sr. – 11.24 (11.15w), in 100.
*Candace Hill, Rockdale County (Conyers, Ga.), So. – HSR 10.98, in 100; 23.05, in 200.
Zaria Francis, Rio Mesa (Oxnard, Calif.), Jr. – 11.26 (11.24w), in 100; 23.09, in 200.
Lauren Rain Williams, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.), So. – 11.37, in 100; 23.16 (22.68w), in 200.
TRACKINGS: University of Texas-bound Daniels won the USATF Junior championship 100 to earn individual and relay berths in the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, at the end of this month. Williams finished second to Hill in the 200 at the USATF World Youth Trials to join her on the USA team for this week’s World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Long Sprints / Middle Distance (400 & 800)
Sharrika Barnett, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.), Sr. – 52.25, in 400.
Symone Mason, Southridge (Miami, Fla.), So. – 52.80, in 400.
Kamryn McIntosh, Suffern (N.Y.), So. – 53.28, in 400; 2:05.63, in 800.
Samantha Watson, Rush Henrietta Sperry (Henrietta, N.Y.), So. – 52.68, in 400; 2:04.27, in 800.
TRACKINGS: Mason, in the 400, and Watson, in the 800, won their events at the World Youth Trials. Barnett, who is headed to University of Florida, was the season high school 400 leader.
Distances (1,500, mile, 3,200, 2-mile)
Christina Aragon, Billings (Mont.), Jr. – 2:04.00, in 800; 4:16.36, in 1,500; 4:37.91, in mile.
Ryen Frazier, Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.), Sr. – 4:38.59, in mile; 9:26.80, in 3K; 10:02.86i, in 2-mile.
Kate Murphy, Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.), So. – 4:16.98, in 1,500.
Anna Rohrer, Mishawaka (Ind.), Sr. – 9:59.96, in 2-mile; 16:10.87, in 5,000.
TRACKINGS: Aragon has U.S. leading high school marks this year in the 800 and 1,500 meters, plus the mile. Notre Dame-bound Rohrer led the two-mile and the 5K. Frazier, who is headed to North Carolina State (Raleigh) paced the 3K. Murphy was the USATF Junior 1,500 champion and, with Aragon, ranks among the top 10 all-time high school runners at that distance.
Hurdles (110, 300, 400)
Anna Cockrell, Providence Country Day (Charlotte, N.C.), Jr. – 13.21, in 100 hurdles; 56.67, in 400 hurdles.
Jasmyne Graham, Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.), Sr. – 13.17, in 100 hurdles; 40.73, in 300 hurdles.
Tia Jones, Dickerson MS (Marietta, Ga.), 8th Grade – 13.62 (13.08w), in 100 hurdles.
*Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, N.J.), Jr. – 55.28, in 400 hurdles.
TRACKINGS: McLaughlin set sophomore class and a world age 15 record in the 400 hurdles, repeating as high school leader after setting age 14 and freshman records of 55.63 a year ago. She ranks No. 2 on the all-time high school and world youth lists behind the 31-year-old high school record of 55.20 by Leslie Maxie of Mills (Millbrae, Calif.) — which will be a target at the World Youth Championships this week in Colombia. USC-bound Graham had the top season marks in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Cockrell won the USATF Junior 400 hurdles.
Jones, who is just entered high school, defeated Cockrell and other top HS athletes to win the New Balance Nationals 100 hurdles in a slightly wind-aided 13.08 – a time that has ever been bettered by only seven high school runners under any conditions.
Vertical Jumps (high jump, pole vault)
*Vashti Cunningham, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Jr. – HSR 6-4 1/2, in high jump.
Nicole Green, Ponte Verda (PV Beach, Fla.), Sr. – 6-1 1/2, in high jump.
Tori Weeks, Cabot (Ark.), Sr. – 14-4i, in pole vault.
*Lexi Weeks, Cabot (Ark.), Sr. – HSR 14-7 1/2, in pole vault.
TRACKINGS: With her high school record-setting high jump at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in April, Cunningham remains the only American to achieve the (professional) World Championship standard this year.
She and her brother Randall (an All-USA selection as a senior last year, who is now at Southern California) won the USATF Junior men’s and women’s high jump titles last month, earning berths for the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, at the end of July. (Vashti did not compete in the senior championships to qualify for a spot in next month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Her co-No. 10 world ranking, however, could still bring an IAAF invitation for the 48-person field.)
Pole vaulting twins Tori and Lexi Weeks, who are headed to Arkansas, set the respective indoor (14-4) and outdoor (14-7 1/2) high school records this season. Lexi’s vault is the best ever by an American teenager.
Horizontal Jumps (long jump, triple jump)
*Courtney Corrin, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), Jr. – 20-11 (21-6 1/4w), in long jump.
Kate Hall, Lake Region (Naples, Maine), Sr. – HSR 22-5, in long jump.
Bria Matthews, Forest Park (Ga.), Sr. – 19-3 (19-9w), in long jump; 43-5 1/2, in triple jump.
Chinne Okoronkwo, Mountain Terrance (Wash.), Jr. – 42-7, in triple jump.
TRACKINGS: Hall didn’t just take away the national lead and New Balance Nationals title from 3-time All-USA pick Corrin on the final jump at the NBN meet, Hall’s 22-5 leap also wiped out the oldest national high school field event record (22-3) – set in 1975 by Kathy McMillan of Hoke County (Raeford, N.C.). Corrin’s wind-aided 21-5 jump, which just preceeded Hall’s record, ranks No. 7 all-time under all conditions. The following week Corrin won the USATF Junior long jump with a windy 21-6 1/4 leap (which did not change her No. 7 A-T ranking) to earn a Pan Am Junior berth. Hall, who is headed to Iowa State, chose not to enter.
Throws (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin)
Kaylee Antill, Tri-Valley (Dresden, Ohio), Sr. – 169-3, in discus.
Elena Bruckner, Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.), Jr. – 53-5 1/2, in shot put; 182-8, in discus.
Sophia Rivera, Brentwood (St. Louis, Mo.), Jr. – 53-5 3/4, in shot put; 175-10, in javelin.
Madison Wiltrout, Connellsville (Pa.), So. – HSR 185-8, in javelin.
TRACKINGS: Trout broke the high school javelin record in May, but has been sidelined with an arm injury. Rivera is the current world youth leader in the shot put and also ranks No. 6 all-time in the high school javelin throw. She won both events at the World Youth Trials. Bruckner has the top discus mark but Rivera edged her by a quarter inch for the shot put lead. Antill plans to attend Arizona State.