High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Algoma

Wisconsin Girls Track AOY: Kennedy Blahnik

June, 20, 2012
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: Kennedy Blahnik


School: Algoma (Wis.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Throws
Height: 5-foot-9


Athletic achievement: Blahnik won two individual state championships this spring and led the Wolves to a third-place finish as a team at the Division 3 state meet. She set a state record in the shot put with an effort of 47 feet, 11 inches and launched the discus 146 feet, three inches. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Blahnik was undefeated in both her signature events in 2012. Her state meet shot distance ranked as the nation’s No. 16 throw by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Blahnik has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has served as the treasurer and vice president of her graduating class and volunteered locally as a vacation bible camp counselor.

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