High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Gina Okoye

New Mexico Girls Track AOY: Gina Okoye

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: Gina Okoye

THE BASICS

School: Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Hurdles/jumps
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Okoye won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.82 seconds, the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, seven inches and the long jump (18 feet, nine and three quarter inches) this spring, leading the Eagles to a second-place finish as a team at the Class 5A state meet. Also the 2011-12 Gatorade New Mexico Girls Basketball Player of the Year, she was the top New Mexico competitor at the Great Southwest Classic, earning fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, seven and one quarter inches and fifth place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.84. Her triple jump leap at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 61 mark by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Okoye has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and an area food bank.

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New Mexico Girls Hoop POY: Gina Okoye

March, 8, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Gina Okoye

THE BASICS

School: Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Okoye led the Eagles to a 26-1 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals against Hobbs (N.M.), scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.0 steals through 27 games. Okoye's a First Team All-District selection and has twice been named Metro Defensive Player of the year.

Academic excellence: Okoye has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and an area food bank.

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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Taylor Edmondson
Senior Guard, Carlsbad High (Carlsbad, NM)

2011-12 Team record: 17-10
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Sandia in first round of state tourney, 3/2

2011-12 Points per game: 14.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Washington State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; All-Academic Team; District MVP in 2011.

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