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: Valarie Allman
School: Silver Creek (Longmont, Colo.)
Athletic achievement: Allman captured the Class 4A state championship in the discus this spring with a state-record throw of 164 feet at the state meet, which ranked as the nation’s No. 5 distance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. She also finished eighth in the shot put with an effort of 36 feet, 7.75 inches. Allman won the discus and placed second in the shot put at the 2011 USA Track & Field Colorado Junior Olympics Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Academic excellence: Allman has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom, ranks No. 1 in her graduating class and serves as a member of her school’s student senate.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time to Silver Creek’s peer-leadership initiatives, she has volunteered on behalf of a senior center, the Humane Society and a food drive. Allman has also donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives, including Locks of Love, Hoops of Hope, Crayons to Calculators, Trick-or-Treat Street, Soles4Souls, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief and the Boulder County Police Halloween Haunted House.
“Valarie’s athletic ability speaks for itself,” said Colby Schultz, head coach at rival Berthoud (Colo.). “She is simply amazing. However, it’s her character that impressed me the most. Valarie could regularly be seen helping younger athletes and her competitors during meets, and was very approachable and humble in her interactions with both athletes and coaches. Valarie represents every quality that I believe should be displayed to young athletes by an elite competitor.”
THE FUTURE: Allman will begin his senior year of high school this fall.