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: Sara Christianson
School: Borah High (Boise, Idaho)
Athletic achievement: The distance talent captured two individual state titles this spring, leading the Lions to a fourth-place finish as a team at the Class 5A state meet. Christianson set state meet records in both the 1600-meter run, with a time of 4:53.86, and the 3200, breaking the tape in 10:36. She also took second-place in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:16.26. She enjoyed an undefeated regular season in both the 1600 and 3200.
Academic excellence: Christianson has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boise Rotary Club and Alternative Service Breaks, a student-empowerment and service organization.
“Sara Christianson is very dedicated to her success in track and field,” said Borah head coach Jeremy Dovel. “She is an inspiring runner who helps others around her be better and her performances motivate others to improve.”
THE FUTURE: Christianson has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Oregon State University this fall.