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: Alli Cash
School: Shawnee Mission West
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: Cash won three individual Class 6A state championships this spring and led the Vikings to a fifth-place finish as a team. The state’s Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.51, the 1,600-meter run in 4:52.31 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:46.71. Cash also anchored the 4x800-meter relay to first place in 9:24.28 and finished third in the adidas Dream Mile.
Academic excellence: Cash has maintained a 4.56 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen and a peer leadership program for physically challenged students.
“Alli is the best talent I have ever been associated with, but that’s merely a part of who she really is,” said Shawnee Mission West coach Rick Rogers. “She has an amazing way of balancing her social life, academic achievements and her never-ending training routine without ever missing a beat.”
THE FUTURE: Cash will begin her senior year of high school this fall.