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: Lauren Taubert
School: Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: The sprinter, hurdler, jumper and heptathlete captured three individual titles at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the the Fillies to state championship as a team. Taubert won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.68 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 44.39 and the high jump with a clearance of five feet, four inches. A First Team All-State selection, she also took bronze in the heptathlon at the Great Southwest Classic, scoring a total of 4,880 points.
Academic excellence: Taubert has maintained a 3.97 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an area food bank and in association with her church youth group.
“Taubert is hands down one of the best athletes I have seen in this state in a long time,” said Taylor Kelting, head coach at Sheridan High. “She is a tremendous leader and works extremely hard. She is only getting better and better.”
THE FUTURE: Taubert has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Kansas State University this fall.