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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Idaho Girls Track AOY: Brittany Owens

By Ben Rohrbach

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: Brittany Owens

THE BASICS

School: Borah (Boise, Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Jumps/sprints
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Owens won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, five-and-a-half inches and the triple jump (38 feet, 11 inches) this spring at the Class 5A state meet, leading the Lions to a seventh-place finish as a team. The 2010-11 Gatorade Idaho Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, she became the first female in state history to eclipse 20 feet in the long jump, setting a state record with a leap of 20 feet and one-quarter inches at the YMCA Invitational in April.

Academic excellence: Owens has maintained a 3.36 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an area foster home and the YMCA. She is one of eight individuals to receive the Boise City Department of Arts and History’s 2012 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art and History.

THE PRAISE

“Brittany Owens is truly a remarkable person as well as a great athlete,” said YMCA Team Idaho director Tim Severa. “She treats her competition with tremendous respect and is very humble in her own abilities.”

THE FUTURE: Owens has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on an athletic scholarship at the University of Louisville this fall.