A website dedicated to track and field named Sammy Watson to its All-American Girls Team.
The rising senior at Rush-Henrietta fell short of joining the USA Track and Field team at the upcoming Olympic Games. However, the fact that Watson even competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials was notable, as she was one of 16 teenagers in the meet, which continues through July 10.
Watson’s presence in Eugene, Oregon, also underlined her status as one of the top high school girls track and field sprinters in the nation.
MileSplit is the latest to recognize Watson. Its All-American Girls Team consists of athletes who produced the top six reported performances in events nationwide.
Watson ran the 400-meter dash in 53.21 seconds — fifth-fastest among high school girls, according to MileSplit — as she won the race at the Prefontaine Classic in May. A first-place finisher at the Penn Relays in 2016, Watson went on to take the state 400 and 1,500 state championships.
Gatorade named Watson the top girls track and field athlete in New York state last month. She earned entry into the 800 women’s Olympic Trials when she won the USA Junior Outdoor Championship, a race the 2015 IAAF World Youth champion finished in 2:02.91.