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: Carsyn Spurgeon
School: Vinita (Okla.)
Athletic achievement: She leapt a meet-record 20 feet, 2.5 inches to win the long jump and took first in the 400-meter dash in 55.66 seconds at the Class 4A state meet this past season, leading the Hornets to third place as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Spurgeon also anchored the winning 4×200 relay quartet. Spurgeon won the long jump at the state Meet of Champions and her season-best effort of 20-5.25 ranked as the nation’s No. 5 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Spurgeon has maintained a 3.98 GPA.
Exemplary character: A Sunday school teacher in her church, she has volunteered locally on behalf of blood donation drives, youth basketball camps and the Salvation Army.
“She had some problems with her hip and quad during the first half of the season,” said Vinita coach Scott Reed. “But she was able to do some amazing things with only three or four weeks of training. She’s the most gifted track athlete that I’ve witnessed and she’s had an unbelievable career.”
THE FUTURE: Spurgeon has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Iowa State University this fall.