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: Danielle Aragon
School: Billings Senior (Billings, Mont.)
Athletic achievement: Aragon won three individual state championships this spring and led the Lady Broncs to the Class AA state title as a team. She set a state record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.31, won the 1,600-meter run in 4:56.43 and the 3,200-meter run in 11:09.28. Aragon also finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.23 seconds. The 2010-11 Gatorade Montana Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she won the 800 at the Great Southwest Classic, breaking the tape in 2:11.16. Her record-breaking 800 clocking at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 13 time by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Aragon has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and on behalf of the Smile Network, an international fundraising organization that provides supplies to repair birth defects and genetic defects.
“Danielle Aragon is the best female athlete I have seen in 19 years of coaching,” said Rob Stanton, head coach at Billings West (Billings, Mont.). “She is simply a phenomenal athlete and a great person and student.”
THE FUTURE: Aragon has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.