High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Har-Ber

Arkansas Girls Track AOY: Payton Stumbaugh

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: Payton Stumbaugh


School: Har-Ber (Springdale, Minn.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Sprints/hurdles/jumps/pole vault
Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: Stumbaugh won five individual state championships this spring, leading the Wildcats to a third-place finish as a team at the Class 7A state meet. She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.35 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 14.98, the 300-meter hurdles in 44.74, the high jump with a leap of five feet, three inches and the pole vault, soaring 10 feet, six inches. The 2012 Northwest Arkansas Times All-Big 6 Girls Track Newcomer of the Year, Stumbaugh also won the girls’ state heptathlon with 4,260 points, earning individual titles in the 100 with a time of 15.15, the 200 in 25.23 and the 800-meter run in 2:49.15.

Academic excellence: Stumbaugh has maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Future Fisherman Foundation’s Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs program and as part of a literacy-outreach initiative.

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Return of the ROY: Arkansas' Valerie Reina

October, 25, 2011
The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the ROY: Valerie Reina
file photo/ESPNHSValerie Reina is the returning Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Valerie Reina

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-2

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year 2010 Class 7A state meet individual champion ... 2010 Foot Locker South Regional 11th-place finisher ... 2008-10 First Team All-State selection

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