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: Mikaela Grant
School: Jefferson (Wis.)
Athletic achievement: The hurdler and jumper captured a pair of individual state titles this spring, leading the Eagles to a state championship as a team at the Division 2 state meet. Grant won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 5.5 inches as well as the 100-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.69 seconds. She also took silver in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 44.93 seconds. A First Team All-State selection, she won the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.68) and the long jump (19-2.75) at the Senior All-Star Spotlight Meet earlier this month.
Academic excellence: Grant has maintained a 3.96 GPA.
Exemplary character: She is the vice president of her graduating class and has volunteered locally on behalf of a food pantry, a blood-donation drive and as a youth track & field coach.
“Mikaela Grant has dedicated herself to the sport of track & field,” said Jim Bauer, head coach at Lakeside High. “I have had several conversations with Mikaela over the years and I can assure you that she is a very humble and respectful young lady. It has been a joy to watch her and compete against her.”
THE FUTURE: Grant has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Central Michigan University this fall.