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: Chinne Okoronkwo
School: Mountlake Terrace (Wash.)
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she won three individual titles at the Class 3A state meet for a second straight year, leading the Hawks to a third-place finish as a team. Okoronkwo broke her own state record in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 7.75 inches. She also cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault and captured the long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-3.25. Her state-record clearance of 13-8 in the pole vault ranked as the nation’s No. 7 mark in 2016 among prep competitors at the time of her selection, while her best wind-legal triple jump of 42-2.25 ranked No. 2 nationally. Her best long jump ranked No. 26.
Academic excellence: Okoronkwo has maintained a 3.92 GPA.
Exemplary character: The editor of the school yearbook, she has volunteered locally in multiple community service initiatives through her church.
“Chinne Okoronkwo is very talented and most importantly she is a fierce competitor,” said Tim Frost, head coach of Bishop Blanchet High. “I haven’t seen many girls that rise to the stage like she does. Every big competition she seems to have her ‘A’ game and competes at the highest level.”
THE FUTURE: Okoronkwo has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin beginning this fall.