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: Jennifer Ramirez
School: Onate (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Athletic achievement: The hurdler won a pair of individual state championships this spring and led the Knights to a seventh-place finish as a team at the Class 6A state meet. Ramirez took first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.72 seconds and in the 300-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 43.47. A First Team All-State selection and a five-time state champion in the hurdles, she captured dual victories at the Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational, winning the 100 hurdles in 15.20 and the 300 hurdles in 44.90. The 2016 season constituted the third consecutive year that Ramirez was unbeaten against New Mexico competitors in the 100 hurdles.
Academic excellence: Ramirez has maintained a 3.72 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a toy collection drive for families in need and a breakfast and lunch program for elementary school students. She has also donated her time as a youth track & field coach.
“Jennifer Ramirez has accomplished something special in the sport of track and field,” said Onate High head coach David Nunez. “To go undefeated in the hurdles for three seasons in 100 hurdles and win five gold state medals between the hurdle events is extraordinary.”
THE FUTURE: Ramirez has will attend Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas where she will compete in track & field.