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: Skyler Carpenter
School: Westview (Topeka, Ind.)
Athletic achievement: Carpenter won three individual state championships this spring and led the Warriors to a fourth-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.13 seconds, the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 42.20 and soared 18 feet, 10.5 inches to capture the long jump. Carpenter was also named Indiana Ms. Track and Field.
Academic excellence: Carpenter has maintained a 4.05 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a soccer and basketball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school reading program and an area Boys and Girls Club.
“Skyler is the best athlete that I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” said Westview High coach Jon Cook. “Her hard work and natural talent have made her successful.”
THE FUTURE: Carpenter has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall.