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.
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THE WINNER: Daija Lampkin
School: Middletown (Del.)
Athletic achievement: She won three individual championships at the Division I state meet this past season, leading the Cavaliers to fifth place as a team. The William A. Thomson Award winner as the state’s most valuable track athlete as named by the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country and Track Association, Lampkin swept the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 24.38 and the 400-meter dash in 55.45. Lampkin also anchored the winning 4×200-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 1:41.75. Her 200-meter dash clocking of 23.80 seconds at the New Castle County Track & Field Championships set a state record.
Academic excellence: Lampkin has maintained a 4.15 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and a sports medicine assistant to the school’s athletic trainer, she has also volunteered locally on behalf of her church and at a food bank.
“I have watched Daija Lampkin win 100-, 200- and 400-meter races by incredible margins all season,” said Mike Mooney, head coach at rival Newark High. “I will say that she seemed happiest when anchoring a relay and celebrating with her teammates. We all know what a lift it can give to a team to have a competitor like Daija on your side. She elevated her teammates and the sport in Delaware.”
THE FUTURE: Lampkin will begin her senior year of high school this fall.