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: Brianna Holloway
School: Oak Park (Mich.)
Athletic achievement: She won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a meet-record time of 42.71 seconds at the Division 1 state meet this past season, and ran on two record-setting relay quartets to lead the Knights to the state championship as a team. Holloway also finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles in addition to sprinting critical legs of the victorious 4×100 and 4×200 relay squads. The state record-holder in the 400 hurdles, she also won the 300 hurdles at the Midwest Meet of Champions.
Academic excellence: Holloway has maintained a 3.53 GPA.
Exemplary character: A mentor for younger students in her area, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.
“Brianna has been one of the most dedicated and coachable athletes I have ever coached,” said Oak Park coach Brandon Jiles. “As a freshman, she had the vision and goal of being one of the best hurdlers to ever run in Michigan, and she is a great example of how being persistent pays off.”
THE FUTURE: Holloway has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Ohio State University this fall.