A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Jalacy Green
School: Colleton County (Walterboro, S.C.)
Athletic achievement: Green won the shot put and discus at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the Cougars to ninth place as a team. The 2012 High School Sports Report 4A Female Athlete of the Year, she won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 9 inches and the discus with a toss of 128-4. At the 4A state meet qualifiers, Green launched the shot put 45-5, which ranked No. 43 in the nation among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Green has maintained a 3.46 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a certified nursing assistant.
“Jalacy Green is one of the best high school throwers ever in South Carolina,” said Glover Smiley, head coach of rival Spartanburg (S.C.). “Jalacy is a very hard-working, determined and dedicated track student-athlete. Her record in track & field attests to her discipline, self-motivation and dedication to her sport.”
THE FUTURE: Green has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Coastal Carolina University beginning this fall.