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: Kendell Williams
School: Kell (Marietta, Ga.)
Athletic achievement: Williams won three individual Class 4A state championships this spring and led the Longhorns to a fifth-place finish as a team. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, she won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.49 seconds, while clearing 5 feet, 8 inches to win the high jump and leaping 20 feet, 8.5 inches to capture the long jump. Her best marks in each of those events rank among the nation’s top three performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. She also set the national junior class record in the heptathlon.
Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a school group that helps feed the homeless, and she participates in group activities with orphaned children in Cobb County.
“Kendell leads by example with her hard work and consistency,” said Kell head coach Andi Jenkins. “Her accomplishments speak for themselves, but she is also one of the most humble athletes I have ever met.”
THE FUTURE: Williams will begin her senior year of high school this fall.