High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Holy Names

California Girls Track AOY: Sasha Wallace

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.

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THE WINNER: Sasha Wallace

THE BASICS

School: Holy Names (Oakland, Calif.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Hurdles/jumps
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wallace won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.33 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 5.75 inches at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet this spring, leading the Monarchs to sixth place as a team. The 2011-12 Bay Area News Group East Bay Female Athlete of the Year, her 100-meter hurdles time at the state meet and triple jump effort of 42 feet, 4.75 inches at the Mount Sac Relays each ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Those efforts also respectively ranked as the No. 9 and No. 32 performances in U.S. prep history.

Academic excellence: Wallace has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time to multiple youth leadership programs, she has volunteered locally at an assisted living facility, One Step Closer and the Oakland Bay Area Links service organization.

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