The Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 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: Allie Schadler
School: Rio Rico (Ariz.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s reigning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:49.03 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:16.72 at the Division III state meet this past season, leading the Hawks to second place as a team. Schadler also anchored the winning 4×400-meter and 4×800-meter relay squads that broke the tape in 4:02.19 and 9:43.54, respectively. Her 3,200 and 1,600 clockings at the state meet and her 800-meter time of 2:10.11 at the Stanford Invitational ranked eighth, 35th and 51st among U.S. prep competitors in 2016, respectively, at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Schadler has maintained a 4.50 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs.
“She is an amazing student-athlete and an amazing person,” said Marcos Blanco, head coach at rival Walden Grove High. “She has to be one of the most respectful, down-to-earth people you will ever meet. She is the prime example of what the Gatorade award stands for.”
THE FUTURE: Schadler will begin her senior year of high school this fall.