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: Ashleigh Warner
School: Mountain View (Orem, Utah)
Athletic achievement: Warner won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.31 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:50.98 at the Class 4A state championship meet this spring, leading the Bruins to a third-place finish as a team. At the BYU Invitational, she won the 1,600 in a state-record time of 4:50.13, which ranked No. 27 in the nation among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Warner also ranked No. 16 in the mile and No. 37 in the 1,500.
Academic excellence: Warner has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered at an orphanage and a children’s hospital in Mexico in addition to donating her time locally as a math tutor and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Ashleigh Warner’s season was one that was nothing short of record-setting,” said Darrell Wyatt, head coach of rival Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork, Utah). “To be the state champion in the 1,600 and 800 and then to anchor the medley relay team to a state title was impressive.”
THE FUTURE: Warner has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Brigham Young University beginning this fall.