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: Morgan Milbrath
School: Minot (N.D.)
Athletic achievement: Milbrath won four individual state championships this spring and led the Majettes to a third-place finish as a team at the Class A state meet. She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 24.33, the 400-meter dash in 56.02 and the 300-meter hurdles in 44.19. The 2010-11 Gatorade North Dakota Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Milbrath also set meet records in the 100 (11.98) and the 200 (24.35) at the Class A West Regional meet. Her 400 clocking at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 24 time by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Milbrath has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Future Farmers of America, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Dream Catchers USA, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor activities for the physically challenged, and as a youth basketball and volleyball coach.
“Morgan Milbrath is very talented and gets stronger with every race,” said Darrin McKinnon, head coach at West Fargo (N.D.). “She is someone you’d want to build your program around and she exhibits everything you’d want as a track and field athlete and as a person.”
THE FUTURE: Milbrath will begin her senior year of high school this fall.