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: Hannah Meier
School: Grosse Pointe South
(Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: Meier won two individual state titles and anchored two victorious relays to lead the Blue Devils to the Division I state championship as a team this spring. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.57 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:43.05, the latter of which ranked as the nation’s No. 4 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. The Grosse Pointe South 4x400-meter relay quartet won in 3:51.89 and Meier’s final leg lifted the 4x800-meter relay squad to the fourth-fastest time in U.S. prep history, 8:48.29.
Academic excellence: Meier has maintained a 3.85 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of area homeless shelters and youth track programs, and has served as a middle school tutor.
“Hannah’s individual accomplishments have been extraordinary and numerous,” said Grosse Pointe South head coach Steve Zaranaek. “I can honestly say she is the most complete athlete and one of the finest teammates I have ever had in our program.”
THE FUTURE: Meier will begin her senior year of high school this fall.