The Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Kate Hall
School: Lake Region (Naples, Maine)
Athletic achievement: She won the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 11.41 seconds and the long jump with a meet-record leap of 20 feet, 11 inches at the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Outdoor Championships this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Hall also placed second in the 200-meter dash in 23.69 at New Englands. Also the three-time Maine Sunday Telegram Indoor Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she captured three individual championships at the Class B state meet this past season, leading the Lakers to fifth place as a team. Hall swept the 100 in a state-record 11.69, the 200 in 24.82 and the long jump with a state-record leap of 20-4.75. She also anchored the fourth-place 4×100-meter relay squad that crossed the line in 53.22 seconds.
Academic excellence: Also an accomplished pianist, Hall has maintained a 3.8 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth track instructor, she has volunteered locally at a food pantry and as a mentor to fellow athletes suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
“I love watching her perform,” said Danny Paul, head coach of rival Falmouth High. “I especially am impressed with her careful and intelligent approach. She is a model for other athletes. I tell my kids to watch her. She warms up properly and is focused. I know you know how significant her results are. What I also notice and respect is her genuine love for our sport. She always gracefully reacts to her results.”
THE FUTURE: Hall has signed with Iowa State.