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: Kaysha Love
School: Herriman (Utah)
Athletic achievement: She won two individual state championships at the Class 5A state meet this past season, leading the Mustangs to a second-place finish as a team. Love broke the tape in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.13 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.46. She also took bronze in the high jump. Love’s season-best high jump of 5 feet, 9.25 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 11 leap in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of her selection. She also ranked No. 47 in the 100 (11.77 seconds) and No. 93 in the 200 (24.28).
Academic excellence: Love has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with TREK, a youth reenactment of the experience of the pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley, and as a track coach for special-needs youth.
“Kaysha Love is very talented and has been from her freshmen year on to the present,” said Mike Felix, head coach of Westlake High. “Even in the events that she normally doesn’t do, she goes in and is always very competitive because of her overall athleticism.”
THE FUTURE: Love has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas beginning this fall.