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: Emma Taylor
School: Hawaii Prep Academy (Kamuela, Hawaii)
Athletic achievement: She won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.79 seconds and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 45.82 seconds at the state meet this past season, leading the Ka Makani to the championship as a team. Taylor was also second in the 200-meter dash and ran on two fourth-place relays. She has won seven individual state championships in the hurdles, the most in state history.
Academic excellence: Taylor has maintained a 3.86 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk and youth running programs.
“Emma Taylor is a hard-working, dedicated athlete with strong leadership values,” said Hawaii Prep coach Patrick Lau. “She always helps the younger athletes and she’s been a role model to her teammates and competitors.”
THE FUTURE: Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Boston College this fall.