New York Girls Track & Field AOY: Sammy Watson

New York Girls Track & Field AOY: Sammy Watson

Gatorade State Player of the Year

New York Girls Track & Field AOY: Sammy Watson


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: Sammy Watson


School: Rush-Henrietta Senior (Henrietta, N.Y.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-9

Athletic achievement: She won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.34 seconds and the 1500-meter run in 4:22:09 at the state championship meet this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Watson also won the 800 at the Brooks PR Invitational in 2:05.95 and captured the 400 at the Prefontaine Classic. Her season-best time of 2:03.06 in the 800 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Watson has maintained an A-minus average.

Exemplary character: A talented musician and a peer mentor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track camps and community clean-up initiatives.


“Sammy is a special kid and a special athlete,” said Rush-Henrietta coach Mike DeMay. “She’s always striving to improve, to get faster, get stronger. She never rests on her laurels and she’s a great ambassador for the sport.”

THE FUTURE: Watson will begin her senior year of high school this fall.


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