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 sprints (100,200). 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.
SPRINTS (100 and 200)
School: Pike, Indianapolis
Times and events: 11.50, 100; 23.53, 200; 52.51, 400.
School: Woodlawn (Birmingham, Ala.)
Times and events: 11.41, 100; 23.15, 200.
School: Carson, Calif.
Times and events: 11.57, 100; 23.52 (23.40w), 200; 52.28, 400.
*Lauren Rain Williams
School: Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Times and events: 11.39 (11.17w), 100; 22.80 (22.44w), 200.
TRACKINGS: Kirkland was second in the 100 at the USATF Junior Nationals with a personal best 11.41 — behind high school pro Candace Hill, the 2015 All-USA athlete of the year. Kirkland won the 200 in 23.15. Irby won the 400 in 52.51. All earned berths on the USA team for the IAAF World Junior Championships, July 19-24, in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Roberts was undefeated in the 400 and won the California (CIF)state meet 400 in 52.28, second fastest prep time this year. Williams was the best high school 200 runner but saw her season end with a muscle pull in the state 200 final.
School: St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
Times and events: 11.41, 100; 23.50 (23.25w), 200.
School: Horn, (Mesquite, Tx.)
Times and events: 11.34, 100.