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.
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THE WINNER: Samantha Gonzalez
School: Creekview (Carrollton, Texas)
Athletic achievement: She won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a state-record time of 40.81 seconds at the Class 5A state meet this spring. Gonzalez also finished third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 13.84. Her winning effort in the 300 hurdles ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among high school competitors in 2015 at the time of her selection and rates as 10th in U.S. prep history.
Academic excellence: Gonzalez has maintained a 3.57 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s yearbook staff and student newspaper, Gonzalez has volunteered locally on behalf of a children’s choir and a Vacation Bible School.
“Following in the footsteps of a state champion hurdler sister would be quite a daunting task for most, but she used her sister Melissa’s influence as motivation to become the top hurdler in the nation,” said Creekview coach Misti Springfield. “She’s shown great drive and commitment to the sport for four years.”
THE FUTURE: Gonzalez has signed with Miami.