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: Brandee’ Johnson
School: Nansemond River (Suffolk, Va.)
Athletic achievement: She captured three individual state championships at the Group 5A state meet this past season, leading the Warriors to a state championship as a team. Johnson set meet records in winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 200-meter dash while also winning the 100-meter hurdles and taking silver in the long jump. At the time of her selection, Johnson ranked among the nation’s top five prep competitors in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 400 hurdles in 2016. She also ranked in the top 40 nationally in the 200- and 400-meter dash. She concluded her prep track career with 17 state titles and eight state records.
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.22 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s yearbook staff, she has volunteered locally as a youth mentor in addition to donating her time as a youth track coach and official.
“Brandee’ Johnson is an exceptional athlete,” said WC Winston, head coach of Mills Godwin High. “I have no doubt that she will have a great opportunity to represent the United States in the Olympics in the next eight years.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Florida beginning this fall.