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: Mobolaji Adeokun
School: DuVal (Lanham, Md.)
Athletic achievement: Adeokun won four individual state championships this spring and led the Tigers to fourth place as a team at the Class 4A state meet. A First Team All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post, she won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.91 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.55. Adeokun finished first in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.75 seconds and the long jump, with a leap of 19 feet, 6.5 inches, setting Class 4A records in both events. Her 100-meter hurdles, long jump and 100-meter dash efforts at the Class 4A state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 10, No. 13 and No. 73 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Adeokun has maintained a 3.58 GPA in the classroom and serves as part of her school’s student government.
Exemplary character: A member of a youth choir, the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, she has donated more than 100 hours of community service to a local nursing home.
“Everything I have seen from Adeokun has been spectacular,” said Carl Rose, head coach at rival C.H. Flowers (Springdale, Md.). “I’ve watched her develop over the last few years and she has worked hard to become one of the best track and field athletes in Prince George’s County, Maryland and East Coast history. She is a great athlete, student and citizen.”
THE FUTURE: Adeokun has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Illinois this fall.