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: Jedah Caldwell
School: Chanhassen (Minn.)
Athletic achievement: The sprinter won two individual state championships this spring and led the Storm to a second-place finish as a team at the Class AA state meet. Caldwell took gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.95 seconds as well as the 200-meter dash, breaking the tape in 23.91 seconds. The 200 clocking established a new state meet record. A First Team All-State selection, she broke a 19-year-old meet record at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, winning the 200 in 23.59, which ranked as the nation’s No. 17 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Caldwell has maintained a 3.31 GPA.
Exemplary character: A senior mentor with her school’s Link Crew, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and as a youth track & field coach.
“I have been incredibly impressed with Jedah Caldwell’s willingness and drive to focus on the areas of most needed improvement,” said Chanhassen High head coach Chris Schriever. “That’s what separates her from the rest. It is always easier to practice what you are good at but Caldwell has always practiced the areas she knew she needed to improve.”
THE FUTURE: Caldwell has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Kansas this fall.