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: Ka’Tia Seymour
School: Palatka (Fla.)
Athletic achievement: She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.85 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.98 seconds at the Class 2A state meet this past season. Seymour also anchored the winning 4×100 relay and won both the 100 and 200 at the Great Southwest Classic. Her season-best time of 11.26 in the 100 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection. Seymour took silver in this month’s adidas Dream 100.
Academic excellence: Seymour has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.
“Ka’Tia is an awesome athlete,” said Palatka coach Steven Gonzalez. “She loves to compete and does not back down from a challenge, not even when the boys call her out to race.”
THE FUTURE: Seymour will begin her senior year of high school this fall.