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: Margie Cullen
School: Needham (Mass.)
Athletic achievement: She won the 2-mile run at the state’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past season, leading the Rockets to an 11th-place finish as a team. Cullen’s winning time of 10:27.59 was 8.02 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and ranked as the nation’s No. 14 time in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of her selection. A five-time state champion, she also was ranked No. 35 in the mile (4:53.34) and No. 98 in the 800-meter run (2:11.36).
Academic excellence: Cullen has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth track coach and on behalf of the Kiva Club, an online lending platform for entrepreneurs around the world.
“Margie Cullen is one of the greatest track and field athletes this state has ever seen,” said Mike Miller, head coach of Weymouth High. “I also know her as a league rival, and her sportsmanship and competitive spirit are second to none.”
THE FUTURE: Cullen has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.