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.
For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Morgan Dampier
School: Wasilla (Alaska)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Dampier won the 200-meter dash in 25.82 seconds, the 400-meter dash in 57.65 and the 800-meter run in 2:20.04 at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the Warriors to a second consecutive Class 4A state championship as a team. Twice named Class 4A state meet Outstanding Competitor, she also placed second in the 100-meter dash in 12.75 seconds. Dampier clocked a 2:10.98 in the 800-meter run at the Anchorage Invitational, which ranked as the nation’s No. 54 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Dampier has maintained a 3.98 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to working on behalf of the state Division of Forestry, she has volunteered locally as part of clothing and canned food drives as well as a holiday gift-giving campaign. Raised in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Dampier has also donated her time as a mentor, encouraging area youth to live healthy lifestyles and spread tolerance for diverse cultures.
“Morgan is a team player first,” said Wasilla head coach Gary Howell. “While she has extraordinary talent and amazing work ethic, she will sacrifice her abilities for the betterment of the team. Her unassuming manner and personal attributes are inordinate for an athlete of her caliber. She is the hero of her team, yet she remains humble and willing to do what is in the best interest of everyone.”
THE FUTURE: Dampier has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at California State University, Sacramento this fall.