Teams coordinated by Fred Baer, founder, Track and Field Writers of America. Girls selections by Mike Kennedy, 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.
Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic
Girls Track & Field Coach of the Year: Brian Fitzgerald, Rio Mesa
Below are the athletes selected in distances (1.500, mile, 3,000, 3,200, 2 mile). Returning ALL-USA selections are denoted with asterisks (*).
HSR indicates all-time U.S. high school record mark.
WJR indicates World Junior (under age 20) record.
w = wind-aided (more than 2.0 meters a second), over the limit for record purposes.
i = performed indoors.
Distances (1,500, mile, 3,000, 3,200, 2-mile)
School: Heritage (Leesburg, Va.)
Times and events: 9:19.81, 3,000; 9:53.40, 3,200.
School: Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.)
Times and events: 4:07.21, 1,500; 4:39.47i, mile; 9:10.51, 3,000.
School: Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.)
Times and events: 4:18.48, 1,500; 10:00.44, 2-mile.
School: Air Academy (USAFA, Colo.)
Times and events: 4:12.62, 1,500; 4:36.61i, mile; 9:11.60, 3,000.
TRACKINGS: Murphy won the USATF National Junior 3,000 title by a second, ahead of Rainsberger, as the pair moved into second and third on the all-time high school list — behind the 41-year-old national record of 9:08.6. During the indoor season, Rainsberger had beaten Murphy in the mile at the New Balance Nationals. They will clash again in the 3,000 at this month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland. Murphy, the high school leader at 1,500 meters this season, made it to the semifinals in that event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Kelati was the leader in the 3,200, with her 9:53.40 ranking No. 7 on the all-time high school list.
School: Davis, Calif.
Times and events: 9:21.64, 3,000; 10:05.63, 2-mile; 15:56, 5,000.
School: Glacier (Kailspell, Mont.)
Times and events: 4:41.52, mile.