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: Anna Cockrell
School: Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athletic achievement: She won four individual state titles this past season and led the Chargers to the North Carolina Independent Schools Class 3A state championship as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Cockrell won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a state-record time of 40.42 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection. She also captured the 100-meter high hurdles in 13.52, the 100-meter dash in 11.63 and the 200-meter dash in 23.66. Cockrell finished second in the 400 hurdles, third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100 hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Academic excellence: Cockrell has maintained a 4.44 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a talented singer, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs, racial diversity initiatives and Freedom School, which provides summer enrichment for underprivileged children.
“Anna has never settled on her prior year’s accomplishments,” said Providence Day coach Carol Lawrence. “She comes into each season training with a hunger to be better than she was before.”
THE FUTURE: Cockrell has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Southern California this fall.