Maryland Girls Track & Field AOY: Maria Coffin

Maryland Girls Track & Field AOY: Maria Coffin

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Maryland Girls Track & Field AOY: Maria Coffin


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: Maria Coffin


School: Annapolis (Md.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-4

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.


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