High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bronxville

New York Girls Track AOY: Mary Cain

June, 20, 2012
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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: Mary Cain

THE BASICS

School: Bronxville (N.Y.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Distance/middle-distance
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Cain captured the state championship in the 1,500-meter run this spring with a time of 4:19.78. She also clocked the second-fastest time in U.S. prep history (4:14.74) while winning the 1,500 at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships, and finished first in the mile at the Penn Relays in 4:39.28, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Her season-best time of 2:03.34 in the 800-meter run ranked as the second-fastest time in the nation this spring.

Academic excellence: Cain has maintained a 4.10 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf the Westchester Shore Humane Society and youth track programs.

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Eye on POY: New York girls cross country

January, 1, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

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John Nepolitan/ESPNHSJillian Fanning led her Fayetteville-Manlius team to its sixth straight national title.
Jillian Fanning
Junior, Fayetteville-Manlius High (Manlius, NY)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:53.8

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 1st—17:47.4
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 4th—17:50

Samantha Nadel
Senior, North Shore High (Glen Head, NY)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Class B)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:25.5

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 2nd—18:14.7
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 10th—18:03

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