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: Rebecca Story
School: CAK (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Athletic achievement: She won three individual state championships at the Class A-AA state meet this past season, leading the Warriors to a third-place finish as a team. Story won the 800-meter run, the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run, and she ran the anchor leg for CAK’s winning 4×800-meter relay quartet. Story also placed fourth in the 2-mile run at this month’s Brooks PR meet with a time of 10:11.24, which ranked as the nation’s No. 6 time in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of her selection. An eight-time state champion, she is also No. 8 nationally in the 3200 (10:16.72), No. 26 in the mile (4:51.72) and No. 79 in the 1600 (4:52.66).
Academic excellence: Story has maintained a weighted 4.27 GPA.
Exemplary character: A participant in the Duke University TIP Talented and Gifted Program, she is a member of the CAK student senate and Spanish Club. She has volunteered locally as a youth track coach and as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group.
“Rebecca Story is one of the most talented young athletes I’ve seen,” said Todd Maxey, head coach of Dresden High. “We have kept up with her since cross country because we have a young lady that’s raced against her in middle school and now high school. When you have strong athletes, other strong athletes notice. Rebecca gets noticed!”
THE FUTURE: Story will begin her junior year of high school this fall.