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
Long Sprints and Middle Distance
Here are the athletes selected in Vertical Jumps (high jump, pole vault) and Horizontal Jumps (long jump, triple jump). 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.
Vertical Jumps (high jump, pole vault)
School: Canyon (Anaheim, Calif.)
Height and event: 14-3, PV.
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Height and event: HSR, WJR 6-6 1/4i, HJ.
School: First Presbyterian Day (Macon, Ga.)
Height and event: 13-9 1/4, PV.
School: Callaway (Murray, Ky.)
Height and event: 5-10 1/2, HJ.
TRACKINGS: Baxter and Dingler have moved up from the 2015 World Youth team to the 2016 World Junior team in the high jump. Baxter won the USATF Junior Nationals and has a best of 14-3 to rank third on the all-time high school list. Dingler’s best of 13-9 1/4 in finishing second ranks No. 13.
Cunningham had just three meets before turning pro but they included the world-leading 6-6 1/4 that won the U.S. indoor championship and is the highest jump ever by a high schooler.
School: Pacific Collegiate (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Height and event: 13-9, PV.
School: Classical Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Height and event: 13-9, PV.
Horizontal Jumps (long jump, triple jump)
School: Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.)
Distance and event: 20-10 3/4i, LJ; 43-2, TJ.
School: Lakeridge (Mansfield, Texas)
Distance and event: 19-3 1/4, LJ; 42-1 3/4 (43-5 3/4w), TJ.
School: Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Distance and events: 19-3 1/4, LJ; 42-2 1/4 (42-7 3/4w), TJ.
School: Cypress Springs (Cypress, Texas)
Distance and events: 21-1 1/2 (21-3 1/4i), LJ.
TRACKINGS: Samuels was clearly the top long jumper, although she had a limited campaign due to mid-season injuries. She won the New Balance Indoor Nationals at 21-3 1/4 (No.3 on the all-time high school list) and placed second (but was the top prep) at the USATF Junior Nationals.
Okoronkwo was also second at Juniors (first prep) in the triple jump at 42-2 ¼.
Moore had the longest triple jump with her wind-aided 43-5 3/4 to win the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Davis was the legal leader in the triple jump at 43-2 (No. 10 all-time) and had a 20-10 3/4 indoor long jump. She was the No. 2 high school finisher in both events at the Junior Nationals. At the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the long jump, Samuels finished 17th and Davis was 19th. Both failed to advance out of the qualifying round.
School: St. Vincent’s Academy (Savannah, Ga.)
Distance and event: 20-10 ½, LJ.
School: Homewood-Flossmoor(Flossmoor, Il.)
Distance and event: 41-10.50, TJ.