Louisiana Girls Track & Field AOY: Janie O’Connor

Louisiana Girls Track & Field AOY: Janie O’Connor

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Louisiana Girls Track & Field AOY: Janie O’Connor

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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: Janie O’Connor

THE BASICS

School: Zachary (La.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-8

Athletic achievement: She won three individual events and anchored a winning relay quartet at the Class 5A state meet this past season, leading the Broncos to the state championship as a team. O’Connor won the 100-meter dash in 11.69 seconds, captured the 200-meter dash in 23.82 and broke the tape in the 400-meter dash in a state-record 53.73. She also ran a leg on for the state title winning 4×200 relay squad.

Academic excellence: O’Connor has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth track programs and community clean-up initiatives.

THE PRAISE

“Janie is the difference maker,” said Zachary coach Chris Carrier. “She has five school records herself, and she’s been on five school record-holding relays. She makes everybody on our team better and she does everything that is asked of her.”

THE FUTURE: O’Connor will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

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