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: Lily Lowe
School: Calloway County (Murray, Ky.)
Athletic achievement: The high jumper and hurdler won the high jump at the Class AA state meet this past season, leading the Lakes to a fifth-place finish as a team. Lowe also placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles and third in both the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and long jump. A four-time Class AA high jump champion, she finished second at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches. Her personal best in the high jump of 5 feet, 10.5 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 3 leap in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Lowe has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth high jump coach and with the Special Olympics. She has also donated her time to multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group.
“Lily Lowe was simply unbelievable this year,” said Cory Westerfield, head coach of Marshall County High. “She obviously has a great deal of natural talent to be able to jump like that, but I think what makes her special is that she has worked very hard at it.”
THE FUTURE: Lowe has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Hawaii beginning this fall.