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: Maria Coffin
School: Annapolis (Md.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s reigning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won two individual state championships at the Class 4A state meet this past season. A First Team All-Met honoree by The Washington Post, Coffin swept the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:56.93 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:45.90. Her 1,600-meter time of 4:56.91 and 3,200-meter clocking of 10:36.64 at the Anne Arundel County Championships both ranked as the state’s fastest time among prep competitors in 2016.
Academic excellence: Coffin has maintained a 4.39 weighted GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A member of her school concert choir, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group and as a youth track & field coach.
“I have coached at Severna Park for 28 years, and I have seen just about all the great girl distance runners that we have had in our county,” said Edward Purpura. “In my opinion, Maria belongs in their company, but what I appreciate most about her is that she has had to work very hard to attain her greatness.”
THE FUTURE: Coffin will begin her senior year of high school this fall.