High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Borah

Idaho Girls Track AOY: Brittany Owens

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: Brittany Owens


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


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.

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POY Potential: Idaho All-Conference volleyball

October, 21, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, Idaho's returning First Team All-Conference selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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