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: Tonea Marshall
School: Seguin (Arlington, Texas)
Athletic achievement: She won the 100-meter high hurdles with a meet-record time of 13.30 seconds at the Class 5A state meet this past season, leading the Cougars to second place as a team. Marshall also ran on the winning 4×200 relay quartet and the second-place 4×100 squad. The reigning national champion and record-holder in the 60-meter indoor hurdles, she won the 100 hurdles at the Texas Relays with a time of 13.04, which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Marshall has maintained a 3.40 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics in addition to serving the needy on behalf of Mission Arlington.
“Tonea has visualized her dream and she’s beginning to develop an understanding and willingness to do what it will take to make it a reality,” said Seguin coach Renwick Ridgeway. “It’s been a pleasure watching her maturation as a student-athlete for the last six years.”
THE FUTURE: Marshall has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall.